Marquez ruled out of Valencia GP, still hoping for last-minute improvement
After the medical checks he underwent today at the USP Institut Universitari Dexeus, Repsol rider Marc Márquez was forced to accept that this weekend he will not be able to fight for the Moto2 title in Valencia. The sight of the young rider from Cervera has been improving since he returned from Malaysia but he is not fully recovered yet, so his participation in the Grand Prix of Comunitat Valenciana has been ruled out. Nevertheless, on Thursday afternoon the Repsol rider will go to the Ricardo Tormo circuit because, as the doctors said, there is a thin chance that he might recover the sight suddenly and he is willing to take any opportunity, as thin as it might be, to take part in the last round of the 2011 calendar.
Márquez wanted to be at the Ricardo Tormo to have the chance to fight for the Moto2 World Championship with Stefan Bradl. But although he is progressively improving he will not be completely recovered for Valencia. Under those conditions he must not take any risks, so it will be a strange weekend for Márquez. Despite his disappointment, it’s certain that since his crash due to the Malaysian marshal’s incompetence, the final battle for the title would not be easy for Márquez. After missing the Malaysian race and after Bradl recovering 20 points, Marc’s only options were to win the race and wait for the German to finish fourteenth or worse.
Despite Márquez finally not being able to fight for the title, the already-secured Rookie of the Year had an excellent season in his first year in the always difficult Moto2 category, where he has already secured the runner-up position in the World Championship due to his good results.
Marc Márquez: “It is a shame, because I was looking forward to compete in Valencia. With the injuries one can do nothing, especially being a sight problem. It is nothing serious, but we need more time. If it was the shoulder I could make an effort and run, but without a perfect sight we can’t take risks. If I couldn’t see, even for one moment, I could put me and other riders in danger.
We can’t be very optimist, but the doctors said there’s a small chance I could be better, so we’ll see. If it doesn’t, it will be a shame to miss the last race in Valencia in front of our fans, but we will be happy anyway with the season we did. We can’t do anything about it and now we should only think about improving”.
Source: Repsol Media