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Cycle News 2019 Issue 26 July 2

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P116 CN III IN THE PADDOCK BY MICHAEL SCOTT M otorcycle racers suf- fer all sorts of inju- ries – strain, sprains, arm-pump, broken bones and wounded pride among them. The one most likely to afflict Marc Marquez at the moment is a stiff neck. From looking over his shoulder and seeing what's coming. And it's not just his teammate, Jorge Lorenzo, whose bowling-ball action in Catalunya took out Dovizioso, Rossi and Vinales, and only missed the back of the leader's Repsol Honda by millimeters. Marquez might be more wary of something that only six years ago he represented himself. In spades. The tide of youth. And while the current dominant rider is, himself, only 26, he's not too young to be feeling a bit jaded. The example of the rider whose "youngest-ever" records he took might be taken as salu- tary. Freddie Spencer had won three titles by the time he turned 23, and thereafter never won another GP. Marquez shows no sign of running out of steam, but then neither did the sublimely talented Freddie during 1985, when he secured a unique 250- 500 double. Actually, this is just scare- mongering, particularly two weeks after writing about the su- per strength of the newly mature YOUNG BEFORE HIS TIME Is a tide of youth coming up behind Marc Marquez? PHOTO: GOLD & GOOSE

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