New Delhi, Oct. 10 -- You knew it was coming. It had happened in San Marino in mid-September and now, three weeks later, it was coming in Thailand. For an entire race in the prime series in motorcycle racing, Fabian Quartararo had Marc Marquez attached like a band of elastic to his back wheel. And, on the last lap, in a supreme show of race craft and mental fortitude, Marquez squeezed past Quartararo for the second time in a month to win.

Whichever the circuit, whoever the rider, whatever the race situation, the feeling with Marquez is that a decisive pass is just a matter of time. Increasingly, with Marquez and his current Repsol Honda team, many statistical records in MotoGP-the 500 cc class of motorcycling-are acquiring that matter-of...