MotoGP championship leader Marc Marquez continues to wield his new power in subtle ways in the MotoGP paddock, whether it's playing head games with his rivals or forcing HRC to make changes in his crew next season.
Marquez wanted to bring his entire Moto2 championship-winning crew from 2012 with him this year to Repsol Honda for his rookie MotoGP season. But HRC bosses denied that wish, saying Marquez would benefit from experienced hands with the Repsol Honda camp.
That was sage advice. Marquez has won five races this season - more than any rookie in history - and appears to be headed to becoming the first rider to win the premier-class title in his rookie season since Kenny Roberts in 1978.
But elite riders get to call many shots in MotoGP. Marquez is no exception, even though he's 20 years old.
Marquez will bring three of his crew from the Moto2 and 125cc days to work in his Repsol Honda