Marc Marquez is the greatest grand prix motorcycle racer of all time. Twelve months ago, such a statement might have seemed a touch premature, when Marquez clung on for a fourth MotoGP title in a final-round showdown with Andrea Dovizioso at Valencia.
And now? The jury is still out, but to describe Marquez as the proverbial 'G.O.A.T.' after he wrapped up his fifth premier class crown with three races to go seems a lot more plausible, especially because this year has arguably been the most impressive of his title wins.
His 2016 triumph certainly took some beating. After all, that year it was the Yamaha that was clearly the benchmark bike of the field, and yet Marquez was able to defeat both Jorge Lorenzo and Valentino Rossi, scoring five race wins along the way.