Mick Doohan and Lucio Cecchinello: Marc Marquez unbeatable for years?
Mick Doohan believes Marc Marquez will continue to win numerous MotoGP titles – Can’t anyone hold a candle to the Spaniard from the current field?
After the 1990 World Cup, Franz Beckenbauer once announced that the German national team would be unbeatable for years to come – as you know, things were different. MotoGP legend Mick Doohan and LCR team boss Lucio Cecchinello are now enraptured by a similar statement when it comes to the current dominance of Marc Marquez in the premier class.
The Spaniard won the 2018 MotoGP World Championship title for the fifth time in his sixth year in the history of MotoGP. When asked how many MotoGP titles Marquez can still win, Doohan explains: “That depends on him. He’s only 25 years old.” The Australian calculates: “Even if he stops at 30, he could still win two, three, four or five World Championships.”
If Marquez stays healthy and doesn’t lose his appetite, he will definitely be able to become world champion in the coming years. “If he continues for another five years, he could win five more titles. […] But who knows what will happen if he goes on until he’s 35,” asks Doohan rhetorically. Theoretically, Marquez could retire as 15-time MotoGP Champion in this case.
That this really happens is of course quite unlikely. But Lucio Cecchinello also believes that the Spaniard will dominate the championship in the coming years. Speaking to ‘GPOne.com’, he explains that Marquez has initiated a “turning point” in the history of the World Motorcycle Championship. “From the ’70s, through the ’80s to the ’90s, there were different riding styles,” he explains.
“Casey Stoner was perhaps the one who initiated the first real change of driving style in MotoGP. Marquez was the one who best interpreted and developed this style,” explains the LCR team boss, adding: “To beat Marquez, you probably have to wait for someone who can develop this style further”.
Marquez is now using his spectacular saves “systematically”. “You’ve never seen anything like it before,” recalls Cecchinello, explaining: “The one who can beat Marc may be a young man who’s still riding pocket bikes.” The rider, who is probably still in his infancy, definitely needs “the same talent” and “the same passion” as Marquez.
It remains to be seen whether Doohan and Cecchinello are really right – or whether they will be as wrong with their prognosis as Franz Beckenbauer once was …