MotoGP world champion Marc Marquez underwent successful surgery on his shoulder injury on Wednesday, Repsol Honda have confirmed. 

The 26-year-old crashed on the first day of testing in Jerez at the start of the week, falling awkwardly and suffering a partial dislocation of his right shoulder.

Medical tests revealed the six-time premier-class champion had aggravated a problem he first sustained at the Malaysia Grand Prix this month.

But there was a positive update in the latest statement released by his team, with Marquez having undergone a similar procedure on his other shoulder last year.

"After experiencing some discomfort with his right shoulder, and after his Monday crash at the Jerez test, the Repsol Honda Team rider elected to have the operation as a preventative measure after medical consultation," the statement read, under a headline confirming it had been a success.

"The operation is similar to the one performed on his left shoulder at the end of 2018 but less aggressive in nature.

"Marquez will be discharged within the next 48 hours. He will then begin his recovery and winter training in preparation for the Sepang test at home in Cervera."

MotoGP world champion Marc Marquez is to have surgery on a shoulder injury.

The Repsol Honda rider was involved in a crash during the first day of testing in Jerez on Monday.

Marquez landed awkwardly in gravel after crashing on the final corner and suffered a partial dislocation of his right shoulder.

Medical tests confirmed the eight-time world champion, six of those titles having come in the premier class, has aggravated a problem he first sustained at the Malaysia Grand Prix this month.

Marquez's latest injury comes after he damaged his left shoulder in 2018 and was in a race against time to be fit for the start of the 2019 season.

In a statement published on the MotoGP website, Marquez confirmed he would have an operation on Wednesday.

He said: "This winter I would have liked to have a nice holiday and enjoy a bit of quiet time after a great 2019 – but it is time to have surgery on the right shoulder.

"As everyone knows, last winter was very tough for me with the operation on the left shoulder, which was very, very damaged. I want to avoid the situation where my right shoulder is in this condition in the future so I spoke a lot with the doctors to see what our options were.

"Before Motegi [the Japanese Grand Prix in October] I had some issues with the shoulder and then after the crash in Malaysia I had a subluxation. Here at the test I had another subluxation after the crash, so we decided with the doctors that it was best to have the surgery to avoid the situation we had with the other shoulder.

"It will take more or less the same time and we will work in the same way to arrive at the Malaysia test as strong as possible."

Ducati sporting director Paolo Ciabatti has strongly dismissed speculation Jack Miller was under consideration to replace Danilo Petrucci for 2020, insisting they never discussed making a change.

Petrucci started the 2019 season brightly, including recording a victory at the Italian Grand Prix, but his form tailed off badly.

Having retired in two of the final three races in the campaign, the Italian was rumoured to be in danger of losing his Ducati spot to Miller, despite finishing ahead of him in the final standings.

The Australian had impressed with Pramac Racing, recording podium finishes at Phillip Island and also the season-ending race in Valencia.

Asked about a potential change in the Ducati line-up following Tuesday's testing session, Ciabatti said: "Can I say something that won't sound very nice - b******t!

"We never spoke about this; this came out in the paddock, somebody had this idea, but we never had any idea to make any changes to the factory team or the Pramac team."

There have also been rumours over Johann Zarco joining Avintia Ducati, with Ciabatti confirming he has held discussions with the Frenchman over his future.

"We had a conversation with Johann yesterday [Monday] to understand his position. He has an option to go back to Moto2 with the Marc VDS team, so I think we will understand more in the next few days," he said, according to MotoGP.com.

"I think that to know what's going to happen next year, it's good to make a decision about them pretty soon, so we can take the next steps."

Zarco has the option of taking up a testing role with Yamaha, as confirmed by their team principal, Lin Jarvis.

"I spoke to Johann 10 days ago and said to him that if his Honda programme didn't work out, then we're still open to consider him being a test rider for us," Jarvis said.

"He's expressed an interest to stay racing, so I think the first thing he needs to decide is if he wants to stay racing or, is he interested in testing and that’s really up to him."

Meanwhile, on the track in Valencia, Fabio Quartararo was fastest in the testing dession, despite a heavy crash. There were also falls for brothers Alex and Marc Marquez, the latter making a mess of his new Honda at Turn 13.

Alex Marquez will make the step up to MotoGP for the 2020 season and join brother Marc Marquez at Repsol Honda.

Alex, 23, won the Moto2 title in 2019 and is now to follow in the footsteps of reigning MotoGP champion Marc.

Marc claimed the Moto2 championship in 2012, before topping the riders' standings in six of his seven seasons in the premier class.

Honda have signed Alex to replace three-time MotoGP champion Jorge Lorenzo, who retired at the end of the season.

Alex has signed a one-year contract with the team as he prepares to ride the Honda RC213V in his debut campaign in the top category.

Marc Marquez concedes it will be tough to replicate the phenomenal consistency he displayed en route to a sixth MotoGP championship in 2019 next season.

The Spaniard rounded off a campaign to remember with a 12th win from 19 rounds, a result that secured the teams championship for Repsol Honda, while he only placed outside of the top two once.

Nearest rival Andrea Dovizioso finished some 151 points adrift of Marquez, who has no doubt 2019 will be remembered as one of the best of his career.

Speaking to BT Sport, he said: "It's been amazing.

"I mean 2019, I don't know if it will be the best season of my career, but one of the best for sure.

"It will be difficult to improve the consistency, there was just one crash when the leading the race.

"It's been an amazing season and to finish in a good way [is great]. The victory was important but also Repsol can celebrate the team championship, so it's something important for Repsol."

Marquez added: "I'm very, very happy. It's been the perfect season, it will be difficult to repeat it.

"Now it's time to enjoy it, then Tuesday we start the 2020 season."

Rookie Fabio Quartararo completed a fine debut campaign with a seventh podium finish after placing second and the Frenchman is confident he can do even better next season.

"Who imagined at the end of the season we will have six poles and seven podiums?" He said. 

"I think nobody, we can't ask for no more. I dedicate this to my team, everyone told me I didn't deserve this season in MotoGP, I wanted to prove them wrong.

"It's unbelievable to finish this way. I'm really looking forward to next year, we will be stronger."

Jorge Lorenzo will take time to travel and "party" before deciding on his next career move after calling time on his competitive MotoGP career.

The Spanish great announced the season-ending Valencia Grand Prix would be his last race and he finished 13th in front of his home fans on Sunday.

It has been a disappointing final campaign for the three-time MotoGP champion, who has struggled with injuries and form after switching to Repsol Honda.

Lorenzo is open to the possibility of taking on a position as a test rider in the future but for now he plans to unwind after a brilliant career.

Speaking to BT Sport, he said: "Now I can breathe, now I can relax! 

"It's a big relief to finish my career without a crash, I didn't feel great on the bike with the wind and the cold and when I knew I couldn't have the pace this weekend, when I understand I can't be quicker, I just tried to finish without crashing. 

"I spent my life travelling, sacrificing, training, feeling pressure to get results, I have many, many beautiful moments but also hard moments and a lot of discipline during my life.

"Now I just want to go on holiday. I will see what happens in a month, two months of holiday then when I'm home plan my next chapter. 

"Life is very open, there are many things to do. I love obviously to travel, to eat, to sleep, to party, just enjoy life. There is only one life, I'm just here to enjoy it.

"As I told you there are a lot of things in life, I'm open to any possibility, that [test riding] could be a possibility but I'm not close to that."

Lorenzo has many fond memories on the bike but counts the 2015 title win when he pipped Valentino Rossi to glory as his greatest achievement.

"Obviously, 2010 [was special] because I made a record of points, it was almost the perfect season," he added. 

"Apart from this I will remark 2015 because there was a lot of pressure. Valentino had to finish fourth, it happened, I won by three points."

Team-mate and compatriot Marc Marquez – who rounded off another memorable title-winning campaign with victory in Valencia – paid tribute to Lorenzo.

"I mean what we saw this year from Jorge is not the reality, of course [he will be] disappointed with the way he finished his career," he said. 

"I don't have in my mind this Jorge. Jorge is the one that was winning, a strong character, strong riding style. 

"I say all the best to him and for me he is one of the references in MotoGP and one of the references for the young kids."

Marc Marquez rounded out a memorable season with a dominant victory at the Valencia Grand Prix as fellow home favourite Jorge Lorenzo's final race ended with a disappointing 13th-place finish.

Having already sealed a sixth MotoGP world championship, Marquez's 12th win from 19 races in the last round of the season also ensured the teams' trophy for Repsol Honda.

Fabio Quartararo started on pole but after being passed by Marquez was unable to keep pace with the brilliant champion and crossed the line second ahead of Jack Miller.

Marquez's team-mate and three-time MotoGP champion Lorenzo announced his retirement earlier in the week and the 32-year-old, having qualified 16th, was unable to make significant headway on a cold and windy day in Spain.

Quartararo quickly regained the lead out of the second corner having seen Miller make a flying start off the line, as Marquez began slowly.

The world champion wasted little time slaloming his way back through the pack, though, and by the end of the end of lap two was second and in pursuit of Quartararo.

It must have felt like deja vu for the Frenchman, who has been denied a win in his rookie season on a couple of occasions by Marquez, and there was an air of inevitability when the brilliant Spaniard stole ahead.

With 20 laps to go, Marquez sent his Repsol Honda down the inside from way back at Turn 11 and quickly set about opening up an unassailable gap.

Further down the pack, Johann Zarco was taken away from the side of the track on a stretcher after a hugely unfortunate incident.

Danilo Petrucci, Zarco and Iker Lecuona all came off their bikes independently at Turn 6, but the latter's bike wiped out an unaware Zarco leaving him clearly winded, with television images later showing the Frenchman back in the garage with no apparent major damage.

The rest of the race passed by without major incident as Marquez coasted to an astonishing 18th top-two finish of another memorable campaign, surpassing 400 points in the process.

Jorge Lorenzo is a four-time winner of the Valencia Grand Prix but, perhaps fittingly after a 2019 season to forget, he will start the last race of his career from towards the back.

The three-time MotoGP world champion has enjoyed a glittering career that has included Valencia triumphs in 2010, 2013, 2015 and 2016 among his 47 race wins.

But Lorenzo, the only man who has beaten Marc Marquez in a riders' championship, announced his retirement this week after his move to Repsol Honda did not produce the desired results.

Lorenzo has struggled to adapt on his new bike and failed to achieve a top-10 finish at all either side of a four-race absence due to suffering a fractured vertebra in a crash.

A qualifying placing of 16th means Lorenzo, 32, will have to conjure up all his experience if he is to finish his career with a result of note, even though his difficult year will not take away from his past successes.

Pole-sitter Fabio Quartararo is joined on the front row by Lorenzo's team-mate Marquez and Jack Miller for this one.

With the riders' and manufacturers' titles both having been settled, Repsol Honda are just two points behind Ducati in the team standings going into the final race, so any contribution Lorenzo can muster could still prove pivotal in that battle.

Lorenzo said: "It will certainly be an emotional race so I hope that I can enjoy it all and importantly help Honda as best I can.

"Maybe I could have been a little higher on the grid, but I think we can move forward and maintain a pace that is closer to the leaders than in the previous rounds."

MARQUEZ NOT ON FAVOURED GROUND

Lorenzo's struggles have been emphasised by the dominant form of Marquez, who has already wrapped up a sixth premier class title and finished in the top two for all but one race in 2019.

Marquez's 395 points and 17 podiums this season are already MotoGP records, but he will want to end a poor – by his standards – record in Valencia with a victory to sail over the 400-mark for a tally that may never be beaten. 

He has won on just one of his six appearances at Circuit Ricardo Tormo, with Andrea Dovizioso having triumphed last year. Dani Pedrosa (four) shares the Valencia wins record with Lorenzo.

"I'm very happy because I'm closer than what I expected," Marquez said after qualifying. 

"I expected to be further behind. In race pace, I'm okay, but Yamaha and especially Quartararo are very, very strong in one lap."

 

SIX APPEAL FOR QUARTARARO

Quartararo claimed his sixth pole position, equalling Christian Sarron as the French rider with the most MotoGP poles – a significant accomplishment in his rookie season.

He has managed six podium finishes but a first race win still eludes him, and this is his final chance to strike before a 2020 campaign where he could kick on to become a championship contender on a factory-spec Yamaha.

Dovizioso, meanwhile, is in striking distance from sixth. The Italian has charged through from further back to challenge in multiple races this season and is looking to make his 10th podium in a MotoGP season for the first time.

Elsewhere, Alex Rins was second to Dovizioso here last year and will start his 50th MotoGP race in eighth position.

Miller has finished the season strongly and poses a threat from third, one spot ahead of in-form Maverick Vinales, a two-time winner this year.

Francesco Bagnaia, Miller's team-mate, missed qualifying and his race participation is in doubt after a bizarre crash coming out of the pit lane resulted in him suffering a concussion and a broken wrist.

Valentino Rossi, without a podium for 15 races, was "not very happy" to qualify on the fourth row.

He added: "Starting from 12th is difficult because here in Valencia it's very difficult to overtake – it's one of the most difficult tracks for that. My pace is not too bad but nothing fantastic, so it will be a hard race."

 

MARQUEZ COULD JOIN MARQUEZ

Johann Zarco, riding for LCR Honda in the absence of Takaaki Nakagami, failed to reach Q2 and will start 13th. 

He had been rumoured as a possible replacement for Lorenzo at Repsol Honda, but reports this weekend suggest Marquez's brother, Moto2 champion Alex, is now in line for the move.

It means Zarco may end up returning to Moto2, with another of his rumoured MotoGP moves, to Avintia Racing, not proving appealing.

"For me, it would be a mistake to go there, it would be better to go back to Moto2," the Frenchman told Motorsport. "If Marquez moves up, that means there is a spot with VDS.

"You need a balanced team that gives you the possibility to perform every weekend and Avintia doesn't. I'm not criticising anyone, but I don't want to make the same mistake as two years ago when I signed with KTM."

THE GRID

1. Fabio Quartararo (Petronas Yamaha) 
2. Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda) 
3. Jack Miller (Pramac Racing) 
4. Maverick Vinales (Monster Energy Yamaha) 
5. Franco Morbidelli (Petronas Yamaha) 
6. Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati) 
7. Joan Mir (Suzuki Ecstar) 
8. Alex Rins (Suzuki Ecstar) 
9. Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda) 
10. Danilo Petrucci (Ducati) 
11. Pol Espargaro (Red Bull KTM)
12. Valentino Rossi (Monster Energy Yamaha)

PREVIOUS WINNERS

2018: Andrea Dovizioso
2017: Dani Pedrosa (with Honda)
2016: Jorge Lorenzo (with Yamaha)
2015: Jorge Lorenzo (with Yamaha)

TITLE STANDINGS

Riders

1. Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda) 395
2. Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati) 256 (-139)
3. Maverick Vinales (Yamaha) 201 (-194)
4. Alex Rins (Suzuki Ecstar) 194 (-201)
5. Danilo Petrucci (Ducati) 176 (-219) 

Teams

1. Ducati 432
2. Repsol Honda 430 (-2)
3. Monster Energy Yamaha 367 (-65)
4. Petronas Yamaha 287 (-145)
5. Suzuki Ecstar 281 (-151) 

WEATHER FORECAST

A dry race with a gentle breeze and temperatures of around 15 degrees Celcius is expected on Sunday.

Jorge Lorenzo will begin his last MotoGP race from 16th on the grid after Fabio Quartararo pipped world champion Marc Marquez to pole position in qualifying for the Valencia Grand Prix.

Repsol Honda rider Lorenzo, a three-time world champion in the premier class, failed to make it out of Q1 on Saturday after announcing he would be retiring after this race, the last of 2019.

His team-mate Marquez, who has already sealed the riders' championship, finished just 0.032 seconds adrift of Rookie of the Year Quartararo, who claimed his sixth pole of the season.

Jack Miller, who was 0.108s behind, joins them on the front row, with Maverick Vinales, winner in Malaysia last time out, starting from fourth.

Quartararo's Petronas Yamaha team-mate Franco Morbidelli and Ducati star Andrea Dovizioso make up the remainder of the second row, with Joan Mir in seventh.

Alex Rins claimed eighth after progressing from Q1 alongside Pol Espargaro, with Johann Zarco – who is bidding to replace Lorenzo next season - missing out on the last session to finish 13th.

Cal Crutchlow was ninth ahead of Danilo Petrucci, Espargaro and Valentino Rossi.

Quartararo had previously topped the timesheets in FP1, FP2 and FP3 and will now look to end the campaign with a first race victory, but will have the relentless Marquez, who recovered from a FP4 crash, right there with him from the start.
 

PROVISIONAL CLASSIFICATION   

1. Fabio Quartararo (Petronas Yamaha) 1:29.978 
2. Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda) +0.032s 
3. Jack Miller (Pramac Racing) +0.108s
4. Maverick Vinales (Monster Energy Yamaha) +0.200s
5. Franco Morbidelli (Petronas Yamaha) +0.471s
6. Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati) +0.533s
7. Joan Mir (Suzuki Ecstar) +0.595s 
8. Alex Rins (Suzuki Ecstar) +0.617s
9. Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda) +0.748s 
10. Danilo Petrucci (Ducati) +0.793s 
11. Pol Espargaro (Red Bull KTM) +0.930s
12. Valentino Rossi (Monster Energy Yamaha) +0.976s

Jack Miller insists he has heard nothing more than "rumours" that he might swap teams with Ducati rider Danilo Petrucci next year.

Miller, 24, has four podium finishes with Alma Pramac Racing this MotoGP season, sitting eighth in the riders' standings, 27 points behind Petrucci.

Amid talk the pair could be swapping teams ahead of 2020, Miller – fourth fastest in Valencia Grand Prix practice on Friday – played down the speculation.

The Australian said, according to MotoGP.com: "There have been rumours around for the last weeks, but I haven't heard anything about them yet."

Miller could be set to contend for his second MotoGP victory and first since 2016 after a fine showing in practice, which was led by Petronas Yamaha SRT's Fabio Quartararo.

The Frenchman's time of one minute, 30.735 seconds saw him lead the pack ahead of Maverick Vinales and world champion Marc Marquez.

While Quartararo – who is sixth in the riders' standings – was pleased, the 20-year-old said his team had work to do if he was going to secure a first MotoGP victory on Sunday.

"It feels good to make such an improvement from one year ago at the test when I was in P17," he said on Yamaha's website.

"It shows our progress and it's a reward for our effort, and we'll continue to work in the same way going forward.

"We know that time attacks are one of our strengths, but we're not quite there yet on race pace. We need to work on the bike and find a good strategy to improve tomorrow.

"We're not far away, but we'll try our best tonight to find the issues and fix them."

MotoGP icon Jorge Lorenzo on Thursday announced he will retire following this weekend's Valencia Grand Prix.

The three-time world champion has endured a frustrating debut campaign with Repsol Honda, for whom Marc Marquez surged to a sixth title in the premier class.

Lorenzo admitted a crash in Assen ahead of the Dutch TT that left him with a fractured vertebrae and kept him out of four races took a significant toll on his desire to continue in the sport.

With the help of Opta, we look at some of the standout statistics from the 32-year-old Spaniard's illustrious career.

2 – Lorenzo has won five world championships across all categories (three in MotoGP, two at 250cc); Angel Nieto (13) and Marc Marquez (8) are the only Spanish riders with more.

3 – Only Valentino Rossi (5) and Randy Mamola (4) have finished a MotoGP season second in the standings more often than Lorenzo (2009, 2011 and 2013).

8 – Only Giacomo Agostini (8), Rossi (7), Marquez (6), Mick Doohan (5), Geoff Duke (4), Mike Hailwood (4), Eddie Lawson (4) and John Surtees (4) have won more titles in the premier class than Lorenzo.

1 – Lorenzo won 44 MotoGP races with Yamaha, a tally bettered onlu by Rossi (56).

5 – The Spaniard ranks fifth for wins in the premier class with 47. He is sixth across all categories with 68.

6 – Lorenzo was most successful at Mugello, a track at which he won six MotoGP races.

114 – Only Rossi (198) has more podiums than Lorenzo in MotoGP/500cc history.

383 – Lorenzo held the record for the most points in a single season in the premier class until Marquez surpassed his benchmark in 2019. The reigning champion heads into the Valencia Grand Prix on 395 points – 12 more than Lorenzo recorded in 2010.

4 – Lorenzo holds the fastest lap record at four of the 19 circuits on the current MotoGP calendar: Barcelona (2018), Motegi (2014), Valencia (2016) and Motorland Aragon (2015).

Johann Zarco wasted no time in outlining his desire to replace retiring three-time MotoGP champion Jorge Lorenzo at Repsol Honda in 2020.

Lorenzo announced on Thursday he will step away from the sport after this weekend's season-ending Valencia Grand Prix, having endured a miserable debut campaign with the factory Honda team.

The Spaniard has failed to record a single top-10 finish and missed four races after fracturing a vertebrae at Assen in June, while team-mate Marc Marquez romped to a sixth title in the premier class.

Zarco, who is riding for LCR Honda having been dropped by Red Bull KTM Factory Racing after an early termination to his two-year contract was agreed, would relish the chance to take Lorenzo's seat next season.

"It means there's a place getting free for 2020 season – where, I don't know, but somewhere it's a free place. And that's a chance for me to ride next year," said Zarco.

"I'm just thinking about this, it's giving me the smile, because since August I didn't know what I can do for next year, I still don't know now, but now on paper there is a possibility.

"The Repsol Honda team is the best one, it's the factory team, and just from that it would be like an exceptional dream to catch in this complicated season."

Having impressed as an independent Honda rider since 2015, Cal Crutchlow could be considered the leading candidate to fill the spot vacated by Lorenzo.

The Briton is unsure how the news will impact on him but he hinted at potentially being ahead of Zarco in the pecking order.

Crutchlow said: "I don't know if Jorge Lorenzo's retirement will affect me. My job is to have a good race.

"Johann's a great rider, a great rider, he's won world championships. But he also quit [KTM] this year. Let's not lose sight of that, and that's not me having a go.

"I think Johann is a great rider, I think he's done himself proud in riding the Honda in the way he has the last two races. But we'll see.

"These last three grands prix are some of his best circuits. The Honda is good at the circuits he's been to, and that's the story. Nothing to do with me."

Jorge Lorenzo will end his MotoGP career after the final race of the season on home soil Valencia this weekend.

Lorenzo, 32, called an "exceptional" press conference at the Circuit Ricardo Tormo on Thursday, when he announced that he is to quit as a professional rider after the Valencia Grand Prix.

The three-time MotoGP champion has endured a miserable injury-hit debut season with Repsol Honda, languishing way down in 19th in the riders' standings with only 25 points.

Lorenzo had one year remaining on his contract, but revealed injuries were the main reason for his decision to quit.

"I've always thought there are four significant days in the life of a rider; your first race, first win, first world championship, and then the day you retire," he said.

"I am here to announce that this day has arrived for me. This will by last race in MotoGP and after this race I will retire as a professional racer."

The Spaniard sustained a fractured backbone in practice at the Dutch TT in June, having also crashed in the Catalunya Grand Prix and suffered a post-race accident during testing in Barcelona.

Lorenzo decided his body had taken enough punishment and became increasingly frustrated with not being competitive.

"Unfortunately injuries came and played a big part in my results and performance, so I wasn't able to be in the physical condition to achieve the results I wanted and the bike did not feel well to me," he said. 

"It gave me a lot of problems, not being as competitive as I want to be."

He added: "I have to admit when I was rolling on the gravel [at Assen], I thought to myself 'okay Jorge, is this really worth it after what I've achieved, to keep suffering?'. Then I came back home and decided to give it a try, I didn't want to make an early decision.

"I kept going, but the truth is from that moment the hill became so high, so big for me that I was not able to find the motivation, the patience to try to climb this mountain.

"You all I know I love to ride, I love competition, but above all I love to win. I realised at some point this was not possible and at this stage of my career it was impossible to have the motivation so my goal I put into my mind at the beginning of the season was not realistic."

Lorenzo was crowned world champion twice in the 250cc category before stepping up to win the premier class title in 2010, 2012 and 2015 for Yamaha.

Marc Marquez said watching his lightning start at Mugello four years ago inspired him to get off to a flyer as he made history at the Malaysian MotoGP.

The world champion worked his way from 11th on the grid to second on the opening lap and that is where he finished as Maverick Vinales was victorious in Sepang on Sunday.

Marquez had to work his way through the field after crashing in qualifying.

The Repsol Honda rider looked back at how he made a blistering start from back in 13th in the 2015 Italian Grand Prix to help him pull off a repeat and set a new record points haul for a MotoGP season.

"Not only me, but [Andrea] Dovizioso was also very fast [at the start]," Marquez said.

"It was one of the best laps of my career. Mugello 2015 was also very good, and yesterday I watched what I did and said 'okay, I will try to repeat it'.

"And it was very perfect, the first lap."

Marquez was more than happy to take the second step of the podium given he had to come through so much traffic.

"I lost some time with [Jack] Miller on the second lap but, even with this, Vinales was faster than us,"

"He deserved the victory, he rode in a very good way. I mean, I tried, but it was not possible. To start from 11th, second place, is incredible."

Maverick Vinales revealed he kept some pace "in the pocket" to make amends for his Phillip Island heartbreak by winning the Malaysian Grand Prix on Sunday.

The Monster Energy Yamaha rider crashed out of the Australian MotoGP on the final lap last weekend as he battled with champion Marc Marquez.

Vinales declared after agonisingly missing out on taking the chequered flag that he had no regrets, as it was "victory or nothing" duel against Marquez.

The Spanish rider was not to be denied in Sepang a week later, claiming his second win of the season by a margin of just over three seconds from Marquez - who started back in 11th after a qualifying crash.

Vinales stated there was no way he was going to be denied again as he responded brilliantly.

"This time I kept a little bit in the pocket just in case Marc came back," Vinales said.

"Honestly I am very happy because we managed the weekend very good. Finally, I started good in the first laps and I was there.

"For many races I have been trying to fight for the victory. I had the chance and I did it, so I have to say congratulations to all the team, to Yamaha and all the people who always support me. We trusted the bike a lot to get the victory and we did it."

Second place for Marquez was enough to break Jorge Lorenzo's premier class points record of 383 in a season.

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