Young rider Marquez makes mark with massive MotoGP win

RISING Spanish star Marc Marquez powered into the history books on Monday after winning the Grand Prix of the Americas MotoGP in Austin.

The 20-year-old became the youngest rider to win a race in the class after he finished ahead of his Honda teammate Dani Pedrosa.

Yamaha's world champion, Jorge Lorenzo, was third, while Britain's Cal Crutchlow claimed fourth in the inaugural running of the Texas race.

Marquez, last year's Moto2 world champion, started from pole in what was just his second MotoGP race, crossing the line in a time of 43 mins 42.123 secs.

It means at the age of 20 years and 63 days, Marquez takes over the mantle as the youngest rider to win a premier-class grand prix from American Freddie Spencer, who was 20 years and 196 days when he won the Belgian GP in 1982.

The win also means Marquez, who finished third in the season opener in Qatar, is top of the world championship standings after two races, level with Lorenzo on 41 points.

"It is unbelievable. A first victory in MotoGP is a dream come true," Marquez said.