After being unable to compete in the final Moto2 race Marc Marquez relinquished the title to series rival, Stefan Bradl.
German rider Stefan Bradl is the new Moto2 world champion after title rival Marc Marquez was forced to withdraw from the final round of the season in Valencia. The Spaniard was still having double vision issues some two weeks after he suffered a huge practice crash at the start of the Malaysian Grand Prix in Sepang. Marquez left it as late as possible to give his sight the chance to recover, but he had to accept defeat when he pulled out before the third and final practice.
Marquez was the only rider with a mathematical chance of denying Bradl the title even though his hopes of succeeding Toni Elias as Moto2 champ were slim at best. He trailed Bradl by 23-points coming into the Valencia race, and a 13th-place finish would have been good enough for the Kiefer Racing rider to secure the title. But with 2010 125GP world champion Marquez ruled out, he didn’t even need to start the final 27-lap race to win the title.
Bradl’s championship victory was due in large part to winning four of the opening six races. Since then, however, his last victory was in a rain-lashed British Grand Prix at Silverstone in mid-June. In the meantime Marquez went on to win seven races, but his title hopes took a severe hammering right at the start of the season when he crashed out of the first three races to fall 61 points behind Bradl.
Following his loss to Bradl in the 2011 Moto2 series, Marquez has since confirmed he will stay in Moto2 next season after having been constantly linked with a switch to MotoGP in 2012.