Seven-times MotoGP champion Valentino Rossi says that he has never seen a rookie like Marc Marquez – in any form of motorsport.
Spain’s Marquez holds a 26-point lead at the head of the standings, having won five races this season – including the last four in a row – and finished on the podium in all but one of the 11 rounds thus far.
Italian legend Rossi, title runner-up during his own rookie season, said: “Sincerely what Marquez is doing this year is very impressive. More than me [in 2000].
“Especially his mind, because Marquez started this year for win the championship.
“In 2000, when I was a rookie, I didn’t start for win the championship. I thought it was impossible in the first year. Maybe for that reason, but not just that, I don’t win.
“Marquez arrived already with the mind-set to try and win in the first season and sincerely I’ve never seen a rookie like him, in all the motorsports I know.”
Earlier this year, Rossi stated that Marquez could become the greatest MotoGP rider ever.
Marquez will start this weekend’s British MotoGP from pole.