Marc Marquez has had a remarkable rookie season.
In his home country—at his third attempt—and with a 34-point lead in the MotoGP World Championship, nothing will stand in the way of a Marc Marquez victory at Aragon. He may have been denied wins with crashes in his last two races in Spain, but this is a circuit he knows too well.
Marquez was victorious here in the Moto2 class, and admitted his love of the track to Supersport.com:
The track—which is one of my favourites—has technical first and final sections, and you need to be strong in cornering. We've had good results there in the past two years so I hope to continue this way and we've also been testing there already this year on the MotoGP machine, so we have some data.
Marquez wasted no time in practice, setting a blistering pace with a one minute 49.987 seconds lap that put him half a second up on his nearest rival, Yamaha Factory Racing's Jorge Lorenzo.
Although the lap record would be broken several times in qualifying by Lorenzo and Dani Pedrosa, Marquez remained in touch with them and rose to the occasion every time it was required of him.
In his penultimate qualifying lap, Marquez made his move once more and broke the lap record with a time of 1:47.804 to take pole position. It's the third time in three races he has accomplished pole position with a lap record, which shows just how talented he is.
His ability to suddenly put in a daunting lap has been on display throughout this season. Although this is his rookie year, Marquez has made a remarkable adjustment to the demands of MotoGP and now shows a level of patience that wasn't present before.
By the time Marquez took his fourth straight victory at Brno, it was clear he had learned to trust not just himself, but his bike too. He showed considerable restraint and confidence during that race as he reeled in Lorenzo and passed him late on.
The only thing that could stop him winning the race at Aragon is a decision to play it safe for the title. He could settle for a podium finish in order to guarantee him the points. Pushing for a race victory can result in mistakes, so holding back to secure points would actually be a sensible decision.
At just 20 years old, Marquez has the ability to dominate the sport for years to come. In time that's likely to become dull and evoke reactions like the ones we've seen in Formula 1 with Sebastian Vettel. Right now, however, it's a real battle between him and Lorenzo.
Expect that battle to continue in Aragon and Marquez to emerge victorious once again.