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Bradl on verge of Moto2 title

Bradl on verge of Moto2 title

The German needs to finish at least 13th in Valencia this weekend – the last race of the season – regardless of title rival Marc Márquez's result, and with the Spaniard's participation in the GP still undecided.

Stefan Bradl is poised to take the Moto2 World Championship crown this weekend at the Gran Premio Generali de la Comunitat Valenciana, where a result of 13th place or better will deliver the German rider his first title.

Bradl (Viessmann Kiefer Racing) leads Marc Márquez (Team CatalunyaCaixa Repsol) by 23 points going into the final round of the campaign, and knows that barring any major mishaps he will collect the intermediate class title.

Márquez's bad luck in crashing in FP1 at Sepang ruled the Spaniard out of the race as he suffered from vision problems due to a heavy knock to the head in the fall, and his participation this weekend is still pending confirmation as he continues to recover at home close to Barcelona.

With the title to be decided between those two, third place in the final standings remains wide open with Andrea Iannone (Speed Master) leading Alex de Angelis (JiR Moto2) by just two points. Thomas Lüthi (Interwetten Paddock Moto2) could catch the pair and comes into this weekend off the back of his first ever intermediate win (at Sepang), but is 19 points adrift of De Angelis.

Simone Corsi (Ioda Racing Project) looks set to take sixth place in the final standings, and Bradley Smith's (Tech 3 Racing) fitness will undergo a last-minute assessment as he recovers from a cracked collarbone which he picked up in a crash at the same spot as Márquez in the opening practice session in Malaysia.

Esteve Rabat (Blusens-STX), Dominique Aegerter (Technomag-CIP), Yuki Takahashi (Gresini Racing) Aleix Espargaró (Pons HP 40) and Pol Espargaró (HP Tuenti Speed Up) are all separated by just six points as all five riders battle for the last three positions inside the top ten.

Ricky Cardús (QMMF Racing Team) will be replaced by Nasser Al Malki this weekend after picking up an injury in Malaysia, and there will be two Spanish wildcard riders. Elena Rosell will again ride for the Mapfre Aspar team and Oscar Climent will ride under the Team Climent banner.


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