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GP Week : Issue 139
MARC Marquez, the rider tipped as motorcycle GP racing’s next mega-star, will put off his move to MotoGP until 2012, after circumstances forced him and his team to accept another season in Moto2. The rider announced his decision on the eve of the Sepang GP, saying “I am happy with my decision. I am still learning something new in Moto2 in every race. My level is better than we expected at the beginning of the season. He added that it also took the heat off him in this year’s title battle with Bradl. “I feel less pressure, because next year I have another chance,” he said. This was before he was ruled out of the race after his injury in free practice: circumstances that drastically reduced his chances of deposing Bradl to win the Moto2 title at his first attempt. So far, Marquez has won seven races to Bradl’s four, but lagged by just three points before the Malaysian debacle, where Bradl’s second spot opened the difference up to 24 points. Bradl confirmed recently that he will stay in the class next year, and Australian GP winner Alex de Angelis likewise. With a chance that 2010 champion Toni Elias could also return, the season to come holds interesting prospects. Marquez: one more year in Moto2 Moto GP news >> THE Moto2 grid was robbed of two of its leading riders and the championship battle turned on its head even before riders had completed a single lap of the Sepang circuit, after a costly marshalling blunder failed to warn the riders of a totally unexpectedly drenched section on an otherwise dry track. An isolated mini-cloudburst had fallen on Turn 10, the exit of the esses as the track runs back beyond the final hairpin, and riders came upon it with no hint of what to expect. The first to go was Jules Cluzel; shortly afterwards Marquez had a looping high-side that left him with a left shoulder so badly injured he wouldn’t ride again until essaying three laps in qualifying, to be sure of a place on the grid. Although somehow permitted to ride on Saturday, when he also had vision problems with one eye, medical supervision finally kicked in on race day, and he was refused permission to start – watching the race instead with one eye covered. There were still no flags as Smith arrived on the scene. He slid off, to a heavy impact with Marquez’s bike. The Briton, who had been battling for fifth overall, broke his collar-bone, and was also out of the race. Yonny Hernandez was a fourth to fall at the same spot, unhurt. The session was red flagged, and later the organiser was fined 15,000 Euros. Marshalling blunder creates Moto2 havoc Factory team prices are "crazy” 13