It was a bad weekend on paper, that is, but fans with one eye on the history books will have noticed a pattern in Marquez's education. Valentino Rossi famously took two years to win a 125cc title, two years for a 250cc title, and two years to win a premier class world championship. The first year in each class was used for crashing and learning, and the second he took home the crown. More recently—2008, specifically—Jorge Lorenzo was just beginning to set the world on fire in his first season of MotoGP competition. He finished on the podium of his first race (like Marquez) and won just his third race in the premier class. Marquez in five starts has four podiums, including one win, and two poles so far in 2013.