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Márquez: "I've improved a lot but not enough to race"

Márquez: 'I've improved a lot but not enough to race'

Team CatalunyaCaixa Repsol star Marc Márquez is yearning to contest the final race of the year at the Ricardo Tormo circuit but acknowledges that it may be nearly impossible to do so.

Marc Márquez is reluctant to give up on the fight for the 2011 Moto2 Championship title even though he is still struggling with vision problems in his left eye, the same injury related problem that prevented him lining up on the grid two weeks ago in Malaysia. Although it is unlikely he will race on Sunday, the CatalunyaCaixa Repsol rider still has not ruled out the possibility.

Márquez and team manager Emilio Alzamora appeared Friday morning before the media to announce that although he has had an improvement in his vision since his crash, it is not enough to guarantee he will join the grid on Sunday, the deadline for a final decision has been extended until Saturday.

“The last few days I've improved a lot but not enough to race a motorcycle. The only thing I want to do is get on the bike, but if you see double it just is not possible. To go fast on a bike you need to have very clear vision and if you see double, if you have a distortion of the image, it is not possible,” said Márquez before declaring: “I want to wait until tomorrow morning, to see if it improves. I don’t know if it’s possible, and if there isn’t a big improvement, it’s safer not to race.”

Márquez arrives in Valencia 23 points behind leader Stefan Bradl, so if the Spaniard were to win the race, combined with the German finishing in 14th or lower, he would claim the Moto2 title. Even with the remote possibility of such an occurrence, the 18 year-old still considers it a shame to miss out on the final race of his phenomenal first Moto2 season.

“It would be a pity not to make this last race, especially seeing how the Championship has gone, how we have been improving over the season, but sometimes these things happen, with an injury you can’t do anything, and if the problem affects your vision it’s even worse, it’s much more delicate and you need to recover fully,” concluded Márquez.

Team manager Alzamora explained the decision to wait until the last minute, stating: “The medial reviews at the Clinica Dexeus with Dr. Mir and his team of specialists clearly state that Marc needs a longer recovery, about two or three weeks more. What happened is that one of the doctors said that in some cases, this recovery process can be accelerated, so out of respect for Marc and the great season he's had, we want to leave the door open, although the team understand that this is nearly impossible,” he concluded.

Moto2, 2011, GRAN PREMIO GENERALI DE LA COMUNITAT VALENCIANA, Marc Marquez, Team CatalunyaCaixa Repsol

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