Marc Marquez, then and now. (Photo:

, then and now. (Photo: .com)

Christmas time is often the period when family photo albums are opened to re-live some special past moments. Well, the same happens at HQ, where we found a couple of very similar pictures from two of our current World Champions.

took his first title this year in the Moto2 class, whilst Marc Marquez made it three, adding the premier-class crown to his 125cc and Moto2 titles from years before. Yet looking back to 2004 it would have been tough to predict the future success of the pair, as they squared up in the national Catalunya 125cc Championship, as pictured.

Pol Espargaro, then and now. (Photo:

Pol Espargaro, then and now. (Photo:

In that year it was Espargaro who took the title, with Marquez finishing second, with Marquez repaying the favour in the 2012 Moto2 championship.

To find out more about both Marquez’s and Espargaro’s careers and results, check out their profiles on

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