The first Moto2 round held at Misano under its new name, the Misano World Circuit Marco Simoncelli, left us a clear idea of Marc Marquez’s intentions to become world champion by the end of this season, before he will join one of the toughest groups of riders ever in the MotoGP class in 2013.
Márquez’s seventh win of the season at Misano last weekend –third in a row- over Pol Espargaró and Andrea Iannone takes the Spaniard further ahead in the point standings with 238, while Espargaró stands second with 185. Iannone is third with 165 points and Luthi fourth with 161. Far behind, the young British rider Scott Redding stands fifth with 115 points.
With five rounds still to go and even Redding still in with a mathematical chances of becoming champion, the 2012 Moto2 season seems to be in Marquez’s hands. In fact, if Márquez wins in Aragon and Japan too, with Espargaró or Iannone finishing second, the Spaniard could even become champion in Malaysia with two rounds still to go. It could happen even earlier: in the case that Márquez wins the next round at Aragon and Espargaró DNFs, the Cataluyna Caixa Suter rider could celebrate his Moto2 world title on the following round at Motegi.
There is no doubt Márquez is proving to everyone this Moto2 season that there is no faster rider than him. With the exceptions of a DNF at Le Mans and fifth place at Mugello, the Spaniard has been on the rostrum in every round of the 2012 season, and he has been enjoying much better luck than arch rival Espargaró. As with Andrea Iannone, Espargaró is also enjoying his best ever Moto2 season, but that seems not to be enough to stop Márquez on his way to the title.
If there was one last shadow over Márquez’s ambitions to win, that too disappeared when the Pons racing team recently decided against using their last chance to appeal the decision in the Catalonian incident between Márquez and Espargaró. Even then, at this point in the season Marquez has a serious points gap over the Kalex Pons HP Tuenti team rider, so the incident at Montmeló will not be a worry any more.
An angel or a Devil?
It hardly needs to be said that Márquez will take care of himself in the next few races in the same way he has showed all throughout this season. He is extremely fast and consistent. He even has an innocent, angelic expression, but as Espargaró insinuated on his quotes after last lap at Misano, he is also capable of doing anything to win under all circumstances. We all know Espargaró is being well advised by team manager Sito Pons, but he explained himself after the race in such a polite way that it became obvious that he was quite upset with Márquez’s fearless move in the last lap.
It is not the first time we mention the wild side of Márquez. But maybe, it is just more evidence of his total determination to become champion. Espargaró’s words could also come from a frustrating performance after being the fast man who caught Iannone at Misano and pulled Márquez to the front, just to witness how the Suter rider stole victory away again. Fortunately, if we must accept such dominance from just one rider, at least we can be sure that Espargaró and Iannone will keep their never-surrender spirit in the remaining rounds of the season.
We already know now both Márquez and Iannone will leave the Moto2 class next season, as will Bradley Smith. Márquez will replace Casey Stoner at Honda with the most powerful MotoGP team ever and a new wonder boy as Rossi was in his day. Iannone will join Pramac Ducati, a satellite team with bigger technical chances of success after Ben Spies announced he will also join the team for 2013. All these changes will leave Espargaró with no serious rivals at Moto2, unless newcomers like Viñales or young talents like Johann Zarco or Dominique Aegerter join Thomas Luthi, Mika Kallio or Scott Redding in the fight for a place on the rostrum.