Marc Marquez was on course to wrap-up the 2012 Moto2 World Championship during Sunday's soaking Malaysian Grand Prix at Sepang - until he crashed out of seventh place on an unlucky lap 13.

But it could have been far worse for the Repsol Suter rider. Title challenger Pol Espargaro - on pole on the dry - was classified just eleventh when the race was finally stopped and results called from the end of lap 15.

"I was very comfortable on the bike and it was very calm, because I knew Pol [Espargaro] was far back. I didn't want to lower the pace, because it's easy to lose focus in the wet.

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"Then it started to rain more. I tried to slow down, because in these conditions the track was slippery. I knew that Iannone was close, but I let him pass when he pulled up behind me, because today wasn't about fighting that battle.

"At the end of the straight he went very wide and I was able to go back past him, but soon after I crashed out. I didn't expect it, because I hit the brakes at more or less the same point as on the previous lap and I lost the front when I was going in a straight line.

"It is a shame, but that's riding in the rain for you. The good thing is that I didn't hurt myself and that I have a big gap in the standings. Now it is time to move on to the next race."

Former 125cc world champion Marquez will take a 48 point lead into this weekend's Australian round, where he will crowned if he can keep his advantage above 25 points at the end of the race.

Marquez is moving to MotoGP with Repsol Honda next season, in place of the retiring Casey Stoner.