Then vs Now: 2018 Champions, Martin, Bagaina, and Marquez Goes Face-to-Face In Austria
After confirming their titles in MotoGP3, MotoGP2, and MotoGP, three years ago, Martin, Bagnaia, and Marquez allowed us to experience an interesting fight in 2021.
Jorge Martin (Pramac Racing), Francesco Bagaina (Lenovo Ducati Team), and Marc Marquez (Respol Honda Team) have ruled all three MotoGP titles in 2018. However, they are now going toe-to-toe after giving us a sensational scrap of power in the Red Bull Ring on Sunday. Before the interruption because of rain, we witnessed a fierce fight for victory between them.
Before moving on to Moto2 with Red Bull KTM Ajo, Martin had already secured his position seven dominant titles. Later, two more titles are added by his name in 2020 before giving him the chance to race with the best in the world. Since then, he grabbed the opportunities with open hands and enjoyed his commendable start to the year.
Moreover, Dani Pedrosa, Jorge Lorenzo, and Marc Marquez’s life started in MotoGP with the same level of success as Martin. Seven-race, three pole positions, three podiums, and a memorable win this year are what is grabbed in his successful journey.
Meanwhile, Bagnaia is a bit of a slave burner in the premier class, following his success in the year 2018. The Italian has also got to see the better version of Miguel Oliveira that year. Now, the pair can be seen clashing regularly in the premier class too.
This two-year steady progression of the Pramac squad saw the Italians passing their dream ride to the factory of the Ducati squad. Despite still waiting for his debut victory, Bagnaia is a regular front-runner and Fabio Quartaro’s (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP) closest rival.
The three years have been a rollercoaster ride for Marc Marquez. After 2018, he smashed every record in 2019 with his most dominant season to date, finishing outside of the top two just once a year.
Then 2020 happened. He got high side is Jerez, had three surgeries, was out for nine months, ad even admitted as not being the same as he was before. But this Sunday, he proved with his incredible performance that it is never too late to start over. The Spaniard admits that “Sachsenring is Sachsenring.”
This Sunday the audience saw him go toe-to-toe with the new generation on the track in which he was struggling before the day of racing.
Three years is a long time in any sport and even more in MotoGP. From standing on the start-finish straight in Valencia in November 2018 to going side-by-side and competing for premier class honors in August 2021, the journey of the three musketeers has come a long way. They are now all set to defeat the next crop of young pretenders.