MotoMatters.com is delighted to feature the work of iconic MotoGP writer Mat Oxley. Oxley is a former racer, TT winner and highly respected author of biographies of world champions Mick Doohan and Valentino Rossi, and currently writes for Motor Sport Magazine, where he is MotoGP correspondent. We are featuring sections from Oxley's blogs, which are posted in full on the Motor Sport Magazine website.
It’s been months since we’ve seen Marc Márquez, the greatest rider of his generation – perhaps the greatest of all time – in action. I’m starting to get withdrawal symptoms
It’s been strange not writing about Marc Márquez these last few months. Ever since the middle of 2012, when he signed his first MotoGP contract, he’s stolen most of the headlines, certainly most of my headlines, just like Mick Doohan and Valentino Rossi before him.
I have to admit that I was getting jaded with MotoGP before Márquez turned up. The hated 800s – which created follow-my-leader racing so boring that I nearly broke my jaw by yawning – were mostly to blame.
Also, the riders of the time didn’t particularly light my fire. Dani Pedrosa, Jorge Lorenzo and Casey Stoner were geniuses on bikes, but they rarely made my fingers want to dance around the keyboard, although Stoner was great when talking riding technique.
Márquez, on the other hand…
I was already dazzled by the kid when he was on his way to winning the 2012 Moto2 world title. Sure, he had his maniac moments but he was more magical than maniacal and, anyway, I enjoy watching maniacs ride motorcycles.
So far the 27-year-old has won 82 GPs, more than anyone apart from Angel Nieto, Valentino Rossi and Giacomo Agostini. But it’s his Houdini moments that stick inside your cranium. He’s got out of jail free so many times I’ve lost count; with one notable exception.
Read the rest of Mat Oxley's blog on the Motor Sport Magazine website.