Photo of the Week: A Championship Down to the Wire

11/07/2011 @ 6:01 pm, by Scott Jones4 COMMENTS

Photo of the Week: A Championship Down to the Wire photo of the week stefan bradl scott jones

Few championships are won without at least a bit of good fortune, and with at least his fair share of that maxim, Stefan Bradl is the new Moto2 World Champion. After reversing Bradl’s fantastic beginning of the 2011 season, Marc Marquez had the momentum and the points lead, until his run inevitable collision with Ratthapark Wilairot at the Australian GP. The mistake cost Marquez, and forced the Spaniard to start from the back of the grid, which in turn lead to a third place behind Bradl’s second at Phillip Island.

With another crash leaving Marquez unfit to compete in the final two races, Bradl clinched the title at Valencia when Marquez did not participate in Saturday’s Qualifying session. The Sepang crash robbed Marquez of his opportunity to fight for the title, and robbed the fans of seeing the competitive Moto2 class come down to an on-track battle. In spite of the story behind the last two races, Bradl is a worthy champion for hanging in there and fighting back as Marquez attacked, even if he may not have been the best rider at the end of the season. His strong results early in 2011 made the difference at the end, and congratulations are in order to the new Moto2 Champion.

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Comment:

  1. Beary says:

    Hmmm, so what makes ‘the best rider’ ? You can have all the talent but do dumb things (marquez, phillip island) which shows you don’t have the mental game yet. Marquez was so fast but he could not win the championship, cause he was too green. (early season dnf’s and injuries) so i wouldn’t call him the best rider. Maybe the most talented. Next year though he will ‘Stoner’ everyone in Moto2 though, I don’t expect the championship hunt will be as close at all.

  2. Daniel Croft says:

    Beary, I disagree. Marquez made a stupid mistake of which there’s no doubt and he seemed to be suffering under the pressure of the championship to me but the PI crash had little to do with how the championship ended up. Bradl was gifted the championship thanks to poor flag use in Malaysia and Marquez’s subsequent crash, he missed two races over that. Marquez is green for sure but Bradl won by default through injury *NOT* caused by Marquez doing something silly.

  3. Westward says:

    I agree Daniel, Marquez was by far and away, the best talent in Moto2 this year. With three DNF’s at the start of the season, and the two missed races at the end, if he had completed or competed in just one of those, Marquez would be the champion.

    Even though Bradl won the title, he is still the best of the rest compared to Marquez. I would liken this situation to the 2006 season of the premiere class of MotoGP…

  4. Beary says:

    Like I said, the best Talent in Moto2 for sure, but not the best overall rider. Need to stay on the bike more often. He was supremely fortunate what he did at PI didn’t come out far worse. I’m sure people’s opinion of him now would certainly not be “best rider” if the outcome of that incident was more dire. People seems to forgive him that cause he’s fast. Next year he will be best rider, but not this year.