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Moto2: Bradl champion as Marquez misses Valencia?

Marc Marquez confirmed as missing this weekend's Valencia Moto2 finale, meaning Stefan Bradl is champion.
By Stephen English

Stefan Brad will be the 2011 Moto2 champion, following apparent confirmation that his only title rival, Marc Marquez, will not compete in Valencia this weekend.

Marquez suffered a serious concussion following a Friday morning crash at the Malaysian Grand Prix, when marshals did not warn riders of a damp track, that forced the Spaniard to sit out the penultimate race of the year.

Bradl was narrowly pipped to victory by Thomas Luthi at Sepang, but holds a 23-point lead over Marquez heading into this weekend's finale.

Bradl (Kalex) started the year in fine form taking four victories in the opening six races, but throughout the summer Marquez (Suter) struck a rich vein of form and looked set to capture the intermediate class title as a rookie.

However Marquez lost the title lead after a grid penalty in Australia, before being sidelined by the Sepang accident.

Marquez will miss both of Friday's Valencia sessions and was said to be out of the weekend - although the latest from Repsol is that Marquez will need a "miracle" to ride, which keeps a small chance open.

While Marquez has arguably been the fastest rider in the class this year, he has not shown the consistency or maturity of Bradl who has only failed to score points on one occasion, the Dutch TT.

Both riders have confirmed that they will return to Moto2 next season.

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King Kenny - Unregistered

November 04, 2011 1:19 PM

I'm from Spain, so keep it in mind while you read: Marquez is a very talented rider, maybe the most talented rider in the Moto2 class. But: - his team has more money than any other - his team has much better technicians than, let's say, Iannone's - he's had Suter pretty much working for him, developing the chasis around his needs - he's got 5 chasis evolutions from Suter during this season while most other teams had none - he's got engineers from Suter in his box 24/7, while other teams with Suter chasis didn't get a similar treatment - most races he's had the fastest bike on the track because of the above reasons No matter how good he is, to overtake 20 guys in the first lap you need the better bike. In the first 50 meters he overtook 6-8 of them. He already had the best bike last year in 125cc, and the only reason he's not going to MotoGP next season is because he can't put together enough money to make sure he has the best bike again. In a class like Moto2, where all bikes have

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