Sportsdesk | October 20, 2013
Marc Marquez had a chance to win the MotoGP title today in Australia in his debut season, but instead was disqualified in a bizarre turn of events. He still has a chance to win the title with two more races to go, though, which would make him the first rookie to claim the world championship in 35 years.
Graham Caygill looks today at five other drivers who were strong their first years in motorsport.
1. Kenny Roberts: The American rider made his debut in the 500cc category of the World Championship series, which has since become MotoGP, in 1978 and four victories helped him become champion in his rookie year. He would ultimately win the title for the next two years as well.
2. Valentino Rossi: The Italian would eventually win seven world titles in the 500cc /MotoGP series, but he almost won the championship in his first year as well. He was edged out by Kenny Roberts, despite winning two races.
3. Nigel Mansell: Having won the Formula One world title in 1992, the Briton made the move to the United States and joined the Indycar series. Driving for Newman/Haas racing, claiming five wins meant he won the championship in 1993 by eight points.