Invade wrote:I'm also just a casual followed of MotoGP. It's scary to think what Marquez might achieve by the end of his career. He's showcasing a rare dominance in the history of sports which making me think of the likes of Bolt or Jahangir Khan.
But out of those three I'm inclined -- despite him not even beginning to make good on his maximum potentially funnily enough -- to give Bolt the most respect for his dominance. Squash is still not a particularly popular global sport, nor does it have a particularly large player base. Now can somebody tell me, does the world of bikes and MotoGP suffer similarly? An awful lot of drivers are either Spanish or Italian. What is the depth of talent here? Does Marquez shine as he does as merely a single anomoly, where in many other sports 2-3-4 anomalies are more likely to exist at the same time making it nearly impossible to demonstrate sole dominance and superiority over the field?
Comparisons are impossible but what I'm basically asking is, just how special is M.Marquez? Phil Taylor showed this type of dominance for many many years in darts, but the stats show that Michael Van Gerwen is no worse - actually he's probably better. He sure as heck won't win as much though. Taylor dominated darts for such a long period as the only special anomoly in the whole field. When a talent which rises above the rest presents itself in chess, I'm inclined to give it far more credence given how global and widely played the game is. As such, Kasparov's exploits were quite extraordinary and Carlsen is forging a similar path today.
You can't compare any motor sport to something like track and field. There are no economic barriers to entry in track and field and the talent pool from which you must rise to be the best is comprised of literally millions of people. Same with football, basketball, etc. Usain Bolt is a one in a billion athlete as is Messi, Lebron, etc. There are maybe a few thousand people in the world who even compete in motorcycle racing seriously and even fewer who got started young enough for MotoGP to be remotely realistic. Car racing has a larger pool of participants than motorcycles but it is still minuscule by comparison to sports that aren't prohibitively expensive and extremely exclusive. If motor racing was as accessible as football, it's likely that many of the drivers that we think of as all-time greats would not have even been good enough to make it to F1.