MotoGP wunderkind Marc Marquez met another Grand Prix phenom from an earlier era, hooking up for the first time with two-time 500cc World Champion Freddie Spencer during an Alpinestars promotion last weekend in France.
Marquez broke Spencer's record as the youngest premier-class winner in history after his victory in April at Austin. Marquez was 20 years, 63 days old when he earned his first career MotoGP victory. American Spencer previously held the record, earning his first 500cc victory at age 20 years, 196 days in the 1982 Belgian Grand Prix.
"It's great," Spencer said of seeing his record fall. "Hopefully, Marc may hold the record as long as I did, 31 years. For Marc to come along now and to perform like he has is great. Great to see, great for the sport."
Spencer went on to win 20 races in the premier class and also completed a double that's unlikely to be repeated - winning 500cc and 250cc world titles in the same year, 1985. In his GP carer he was primarily known as a Dainese, Top Rider and Nankai rider but now has an association with AlpineStars.
"I saw many videos and from what people explained to me, Freddie was always more or less like me, always pushing, never was enough," Marquez said. "When you see he competed in two World Championships on a Sunday ... now this I cannot imagine."