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Marquez to remain in Moto2

Marc Marquez delays MotoGP debut until at least 2013.
Reining 125cc world champion and rookie Moto2 title contender Marc Marquez has announced that he will not step up to the premier MotoGP class in 2012.

The 18-year-old has fought back from a tough start to the season, to sit just three points behind Moto2 title leader Stefan Bradl with two rounds remaining.

The Repsol Suter rider briefly took the title lead prior to last weekend's Australian round, where Bradl was able to move narrowly back in front despite a stunning last-to-third charge by the penalised Marquez.

Such performances meant that Marquez's original two-year plan for Moto2 was rumoured to be revised, with a Honda MotoGP ride on offer for 2012.

But on Thursday at Sepang, venue for this weekend's Malaysian MotoGP, Marquez announced that he has decided to stay in Moto2 for another year, regardless of the 2011 title outcome.

"I think the best option is to stay one more year in Moto2, because in every race I learn something new. It was a difficult decision, but I think I made the right choice," said Marquez.

"I'm only 18 and I think remaining in the category for two years is fine. Almost all of the riders stay two years, and I think another year will be good for me because I'll get more experience, and certainly when it comes to MotoGP, if I get there someday, I'll be much more prepared," he added.

Marquez - who failed to score in the first three rounds - has taken seven wins this season, compared with four wins for Bradl, who is also expected to remain in the 600cc class.

Three Honda riders are so far confirmed for 2012: Casey Stoner and Dani Pedrosa (Repsol), plus Marco Simoncelli (Gresini).

Tagged as: moto2 , 125 , Sepang , Marc Marquez

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October 20, 2011 1:08 PM

Hmm. I don't think anybody in the know is buying that he wants to stay in Moto 2 because with every race he's "learning something new". The fact is that Marquez wants to make the promotion with the same sponsors (Caixa & Repsol) and team structure that he has at the moment, ensuring him of the same levels of support. That just isn't within Honda's budget right now, with the only slot up for grabs being the ride on Cecchinello's factory-supported RC213V. Marc is a rider who has always had the best possible support around him and he just isn't going to make the step up until everything is arranged to ensure him of that. He's prepared to stay in Moto2 until things are right for him but I don't for a minute think that it's his preferred option.

derp - Unregistered

October 20, 2011 12:44 PM

so he should, motogp doesnt need someone this unintelligent and dangerous riding around behind them at speed on a 1000cc bike and raming them from behind. he has already been critized by stoner and rossi for that incident.

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