Marc Marquez is all but certain to miss this weekend's Valencia Grand Prix with the injuries sustained two weeks ago in Malaysia preventing him from riding. The Spaniard crashed in the opening minutes of FP1 at Sepang, suffering a concussion as well as second degree burns to his knee, cuts to his chin and damage to his left shoulder.
Marquez announced on his official website that he has been declared unfit for this weekend's season finale but he and his CatalunyaCaixa Repsol team will attend the race in the off-chance his condition improves before Sunday.
The teenager, who still has a mathematical chance of winning the title, was understandably disappointed but admits he is still suffering from double vision, ruling out any chance of racing at this time.
“It’s a shame because I was looking forward to racing in Valencia. With injuries we can't do anything, especially when it comes to vision. It is a serious thing and we need more time. If it was a collarbone or shoulder, we could still make an effort to run, but without having one hundred percent sight I can't run. If I lose vision, only for a moment, it would endanger my physical condition as well as the other riders.”
“We can't be very optimistic, but doctors suggest that there is a small chance of improvement, so we need to see if it appears. If not, will be a shame to miss the last race in Valencia in front of our fans, but we are very happy with the season we’ve done. With these things we can't do anything but think about recovery.”
Should Marquez fail to race, Stefan Bradl will be automatically crowned the Moto2 World Champion. The German currently holds a 23 point lead and only needs to finish 13th or higher this weekend, even if Marquez races.