In that debut season, Mr Márquez also won the BMW M Award for the fastest qualifier of the year. His prize? A black-on-black BMW M6 Coupe—not bad for a fresh-faced 19-year-old.
As with all narrative arcs, it started off well…
In 2014, Márquez was once again the fastest qualifier (calculated by a scoring system that offers a certain amount of points for each position). This time, his prize was a BMW M4—thumbs up.
In 2015, Marc Márquez did not win the championship. He did, however, win the BMW M Award for the fastest qualifier. Because of course he did.
That meant he added a third M car to his growing free collection, and this time it was an M6 convertible—perfect for the drive home from the final race weekend in Valencia. Still pretty sunny at this point, though clouds may be gathering on the distant horizon…
2016 comes around and BMW offered an M2 Coupe to the fastest qualifier of the year… which Marquez won. Again.
That win also meant Márquez had accrued more M Award victories than any other rider since its inception in 2003, and thus got his hands on a Very Good M Car, the M2.
Looks reasonably chuffed with that one, does Marc.
Not as chuffed as he was when—again—he won the fastest qualifier award in 2017 and received the keys to a free M4 CS. One of the most exciting M cars of recent times.
2018 rolls around, and Marquez is the fastest qualifier again. BMW’s M division decided to give him two more doors this time, courtesy of an M3 CS.
A stellar run of M cars. M2. M4 CS. M3 CS. What could possibly lie in wait for our hero for 2019?
NOTE: This article first appeared on TopGear.com. Minor edits have been made.