For a number of riders, the impressive result of Marquez at only his first official MotoGP test came as no surprise. Even before the test, other riders were already singing his praises. In a recent interview with Cal Crutchlow of Monster Yamaha Tech 3 at the 2012 IMS, he said to us candidly: “Marquez, at the moment, is the best rider in the world.” The young Spaniard, who arrived as Casey Stoner’s replacement, has already caused a stir with his controversial riding style in Moto2, a style which secured him the championship for 2012. Crutchlow continued, “The best thing about Marquez is he knocks people off, he crashes, he gets back up, he busts his eye socket, everybody else cares, he doesn’t. He’s not interested in what people say or think.” Now that he has transitioned to the premiere class, Crutchlow’s prediction that Marquez on a factory bike is a force to be reckoned with has held up.