What I see is that this is just Marc's past coming back to haunt him.
Yes, he can ride the wheels off the thing.
Shit, he just proved he can ride the wheels off his team mate's bike at the same time.
He's young and invincible, and keeps getting away with some dumb shit. From what I can see, all the old timers are, in their own ways, trying to teach him before he learns the lesson the hard way, and collecting somebody else along the way too.
Memories of Simo are still fresh, and Marc has the making of a great champion.
Unless his luck runs out.
South hombre, the setting sun to the right until we are out gas, cash or goddamn snow.