Marc Marquez coy on 2012 MotoGP switch

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Marc Marquez remains coy about whether he will move to MotoGP in 2012 if he wraps up this year’s Moto2 world championship.

Marquez seized the lead in the Moto2 title race for the first time this season after he finished second in Japan last Sunday, and speculation remained rife in the Far East that he wants to move to MotoGP in 2012.

Honda insiders confirmed to MCN that the Japanese factory has received an approach from Marquez’s management to move to MotoGP in 2012, but only if he wins the Moto2 crown.

Marquez’s Repsol-backed Moto2 squad had asked to reserve an RC213V 1000cc machine for the highly-rated 18-year-old.

But Marquez has hinted that he will stay in Moto2 for one more season before moving to MotoGP in 2013.

“Next year we will see but I think at the moment Moto2 is my place," he said in Japan.

Marquez’s team boss Emilio Alzamora told MCN: "All is possible but of course there is a lot of interest in the factories for Marc. Honda for the future has a big interest in Marc and I don’t know if that is for next season or not. Yamaha also would like to have a future with Marc, so nothing is decided. To continue in Moto2 is not a problem. He is young and he has a lot of time. When Marc goes to MotoGP it will need to be with a perfect situation with a factory bike and the perfect team."

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Matthew Birt

By Matthew Birt