Fernandez, Remy Gardner, Fabio Di Giannantonio join Quartararo, Rins, Viñales, Jack Miller, Miguel Oliveira in taking on Márquez? Can his younger brother Alex continue the remarkable progression he has made in 2019 to challenge Marc in 2021 and beyond? We may be in the middle of the Marc Márquez era in MotoGP, but that doesn’t mean the rest will just lie down and accept defeat. The Cannibal may still have an insatiable appetite for victory, but he has a whole army of talent arrayed against, trying to stop him. Consistency was an objective for 2019, and one he and the team fulfilled admirably. Bar the crash in Austin, of course: an error Márquez can try to eliminate for 2020 and beyond. We are in the middle of the Márquez era, with little sign of it ending. Marc Márquez will keep winning, and should pass Mick Doohan as the most successful Honda rider in the next race or two, Márquez currently having 53 premier class victories on a Honda to Doohan’s 54. Giacomo Agostini’s premier class haul of 68 wins is not far off, while Márquez is just 11 victories short of Angel Nieto’s total of 90 wins in all classes. Next Generation That will take Márquez another couple of seasons, and on towards his thirties. By then, we will have a better idea of just how much of a challenge Fabio Quartararo can put up against the current King of MotoGP, and also get a sense of the coming generation. 2021 could see wholesale changes in MotoGP, with the old guard making way for young blood. Cal Crutchlow will be gone, Valentino Rossi could be gone, even Jorge Lorenzo and Andrea Dovizioso could have left MotoGP by then. Can Brad Binder, Jorge Navarro, Luca Marini, Augusto Can Fabio Quatararo be the man to take the fight to Marquez in 2020 and beyond? He did a great job in this his rookie season in the premier class. 50 RIDEFAST MAGAZINE NOVEMBER 2019
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