In seven seasons in MotoGP, Marc Marquez has claimed six championships. Since 2010, he has won eight world championships from 10 seasons.
So how on earth could he possibly improve?
The newly-crowned MotoGP champion returned to Spain after his historic triumph in Thailand, where a final corner defeat of Fabio Quartararo sealed a fourth straight premier class title.
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Before speaking to over 50 journalists at Campus Repsol, Marquez was given a rousing reception at the company which backs his factory Honda team.
With four races to go, the sky’s the limit for the 26-year-old, who has already admitted his charge to this year’s title is better than his dominant 2014 campaign.
Marquez celebrations are highlights for all, and in grabbing title No. 8, he carried on by playing on a billiards table, setting off the #8ball trend.
However, for all his success, Marquez understands the importance of celebrating every success as though it was his last, especially after his shocking Friday crash in Buriram.
“You never know when this dream is going to end, so you have to celebrate it to the fullest,” he said.
“We spent the night in Bangkok and had a good time with the whole team. I will not give details, but there was dancing, shouting, partying … a little bit of everything.
“This time there was no karaoke, but it wasn’t necessary.”
Aside from his shock fall in the Americas GP, Marquez has finished all races in the top two, nine wins to five runners-up.
As such, he admitted the blip in Austin contributed to his “near perfect” season comment.
“When you have an excess of confidence, it is when the mistakes can arrive,” he said.
“It happened in the race we least expected, which was Austin, where I fell when I was leading with a four second advantage. It was a seemingly done victory and, because of how relaxed I was, I fell.
“That’s why you always have to be completely focused … you have to learn from mistakes. It has been a very good year, but it does not mean that we can stop working.”
So where to from here? At 26, Marquez has ample time to overhaul Giacomo Agostini’s record of 15 world titles. Agostini himself believes Marquez can catch and overtake the record.
However, while Marquez doesn’t “like the word impossible”, he believes catching the legendary Italian is “almost impossible”.
However, he cited other sporting benchmarks as inspiration for his exponential rise up the record leaderboards.
“It means winning double what I have achieved so far. I have never been obsessed with a number or a name … I just enjoy my passion for racing,” he said.
“It has been a very good year and it will be difficult to improve. But one of my idols is Rafa Nadal, and when you see him in a match and wonder what he can do better, he always takes a new step forward.
“Or when Messi scores a goal, you think again that he can’t do better and then he goes and scores another which is better.
“I try to model myself on them … they are always improving. I will try to learn from mistakes. Rivals show you your level and that is where we will try to continue growing.”