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.

MotoGP champion Marc Marquez will be aiming to cap another extraordinary season with yet another record in the final race of the campaign in Valencia.

Marquez had his sixth world title wrapped up with four races to spare after triumphing in Thailand last month, and has since gone on to set a new points record in MotoGP.

The Repsol Honda rider is now just five shy of becoming the first rider to reach 400 points in a single season.

Meanwhile, Valentino Rossi needs a podium finish in the season finale to avoid equalling his longest run without one in MotoGP.

Using Opta numbers, we take a look at the best facts ahead of the final race of 2019.

395 – Marquez's tally of 395 is a MotoGP record for a single season, while the Spaniard has also achieved 17 podium finishes.

23 – Excluding abandonments, Marquez has finished in first or second place in each of his last 23 races, his best such run in MotoGP.

7 – Maverick Vinales has finished on the podium seven times in 2019. He has never tallied eight podiums in a MotoGP season.

15 – Rossi, who has not won in his last 45 Grands Prix appearances, has not finished on the podium in his last 15 races, meaning he needs to do so on Sunday to avoid matching his poorest run of 16 between 2011 and 2012.

8 – There are some good omens for the Italian, however, with Rossi having triumphed eight times at the Ricardo Tormo circuit – more than any other rider.

12 – Andrea Dovizioso won the last Valencia Grand Prix, breaking a 12-year run without a victory for an Italian rider in the traditional season finale.

50 – Alex Rins will be bringing up a half-century of MotoGP races; he has two wins, eight podium finishes and two fastest laps in the top category.

244 – Marquez, who has won in only one of his six appearances at Valencia, has led for 244 laps this season in MotoGP – 51 more than the rest of the riders combined.

0 – Jorge Lorenzo could finish without a win, podium or pole position for the first time in his 12 seasons in MotoGP.

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.

Fabio Quartararo will hope a rare mistake from in-form Marc Marquez can help him claim a first MotoGP victory at the Malaysian Grand Prix.

In the penultimate race of a 2019 season utterly dominated by six-time world champion Marquez, Quartararo will head Maverick Vinales and Franco Morbidelli in an all-Yamaha front row.

Marquez, meanwhile, will start in 11th position after crashing in Q2, suffering a vicious highside when he sought a tow from Quartararo in a dramatic session.

Jack Miller and Cal Crutchlow are the top Ducati and Honda riders respectively, with Valentino Rossi completing the second row in sixth.

Alex Rins, third in the riders' championship, starts seventh, with Andrea Dovizioso, who is second overall, down in 10th, just one grid spot ahead of Marquez.

Records have tumbled this season as Marquez has 11 wins and five runners-up finishes from 17 races, retiring just once in Austin.

The Repsol Honda star has won five straight going into this race in Malaysia, the home of Quartararo and Morbidelli's Petronas Yamaha team.

But Marquez's qualifying crash gives pole-sitter Quartararo a strong chance to cap a superb first season in the premier class with a maiden race triumph.

Quartararo, who also set two lap records in practice on Friday, has claimed his fifth pole in 2019 but is yet to finish on the top step.

The Frenchman, who this week received confirmation he will ride the factory-spec Yamaha in 2020, said: "We came to Malaysia from a tough weekend in Australia and we've suffered a lot to get to here. 

"But it's the home race for the team and, while they've not put pressure on us, they clearly want us to perform. 

"That makes the pole position very special for me and the double front row even more special for the team. I'm feeling good for the race; like we're ready to go now." 

 

FELLOW YAMAHAS IN THE MIX

Marquez and Dovizioso may still pose a threat from further back on the grid, but even if they do not, Vinales and Morbidelli will provide competition from closer to home, a gap of just 0.129secs having covered the front three.

Vinales is one of only five riders to have won a race this season but crashed out last week in Australia when he looked to be on course for victory before a last-lap duel with Marquez.

Despite his retirement coming when he was going for glory last time out, Vinales has no plans to change his approach.

"I will try to take the lead in the first corner and then I will push at my maximum from the beginning," he said.

"Like I've said before, we have nothing to lose and everything to win, so we're going to push, push, and push, and we'll see."

Morbidelli, meanwhile, has shown strong qualifying pace in the second half of the season but is yet to translate that into a podium finish.

Rossi is also within striking distance, desperate to end a 14-race streak without finishing in the top three. It is also 44 races since he has won, the joint-worst stretch of the 40-year-old's storied career.

 

MARQUEZ EYEING RECORD POINTS HAUL

Marquez's qualifying result was his worst since the Italian Grand Prix back in 2015 but despite that, he will like his chances of breaking another record this weekend.

This time he is looking to get the best points tally in a single MotoGP season. He needs nine points to better the record held by his team-mate Jorge Lorenzo, which is 383 points from the 2010 campaign.

"I'm OK, but of course I'm painful around the body - it was a big crash," Marquez said after qualifying.

"We set up the bike in a way to have the good race rhythm, but we were struggling for one lap pace.

"I just maybe changed [direction] a little bit too aggressive and honestly speaking I'm more disappointed to start 11th than for the crash.

"Yamaha riders, when they have new tyres, are very fast. I was behind Quartararo, he changed direction and I tried to copy. But I just flew.

"We will see what we can do. From 11th it will be difficult, even if we did have a good rhythm in FP4."

If Marquez can recover to make the podium, it will be his 17th top-three finish of the season, topping his previous best haul of 16.

THE GRID

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

PREVIOUS WINNERS

2018: Marc Marquez
2017: Andrea Dovizioso
2016: Andrea Dovizioso
2015: Dani Pedrosa

TITLE STANDINGS

Riders

1. Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda) 375
2. Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati) 240 (-135)
3. Alex Rins (Suzuki Ecstar) 183 (-192)
4. Maverick Vinales (Monster Energy Yamaha) 176 (-199)
5. Danilo Petrucci (Ducati) 169 (-206)

Teams

1. Ducati 409
2. Repsol Honda 408 (-1)
3. Monster Energy Yamaha 329 (-80)
4. Petronas Yamaha 268 (-141)
5. Suzuki Ecstar 264 (-145)

WEATHER FORECAST

Sunday's race will be hot – with temperatures at around 30 degrees Celcius – and humid. The unknown is whether it will be a dry race, with the present chance of rain rated at around 25 per cent, but changing regularly.

Fabio Quartararo stormed to pole as Yamaha locked out the front row while Marc Marquez will start the Malaysian MotoGP in 11th after crashing on Saturday.

Quartararo said Petronas Yamaha SR would need to go even quicker in qualifying for their home race after twice smashing the lap record during practice in Sepang on Friday.

The Frenchman duly took first place on the grid ahead of Maverick Vinales (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP), with Quartararo's team-mate Franco Morbidelli taking third place.

Quartararo clocked a sensational one minute 58.303 seconds on his last qualifying lap to take pole.

Marquez suffered a massive highside at Turn 2 in the second qualifying session when hunting 20-year-old rookie Quartararo for a tow.

The world champion was able to pick himself up after that dramatic smash, but will have to come from a long way back on Sunday.

Jack Miller heads up the second row ahead of Cal Crutchlow, quickest in Q1, and Valentino Rossi. 

Andrea Dovizioso could only qualify in 10th spot as Quartararo celebrated his fifth pole of the season.

 

PROVISIONAL CLASSIFICATION

1. Fabio Quartararo (Petronas Yamaha SR): 1:58.303
2. Maverick Vinales (Monster Energy Yamaha) +0.103s
3. Franco Morbidelli (Petronas Yamaha): +0.129s
4. Jack Miller (Pramac Racing): +0.422s
5. Cal Crutchlow (LCR Honda): +0.648s
6. Valentino Rossi (Monster Energy Yamaha): +0.697s
7. Alex Rins (Suzuki Ecstar): +0.787s
8. Danilo Petrucci (Ducati): +0.794s
9. Johann Zarco (LCR Honda): +0.836s
10. Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati): +0.870s
11. Marc Marquez (Repsol Honda): +0.875s
12. Franesco Bagnaia (Pramac Racing): +1.337s

MotoGP world champion Marc Marquez is closing in on another record heading into the penultimate race of the season at the Malaysian Grand Prix, though he insists it is not on his mind.

Having already secured his fourth successive championship, Marquez is now aiming to better the record points tally of 383 points, set by his now Honda Repsol team-mate Jorge Lorenzo in 2010.

Lorenzo, then of Yamaha, amassed the total across 18 races in the 2010 season, while Marquez - after 17 events so far in 2019 - has managed 375.

To surpass the record, Marquez, who has won the last five races on the bounce, will need to finish seventh or higher.

"No, I never changed the strategy even when I was fighting for the championship," Marquez told a news conference when asked about breaking the points record.

"The strategy will be the same. It's true I can score the most points over 18 races but it's a record we will remember if somebody gets it again, so I don't care about this record.

"I'll keep the same strategy, target to try and finish on the podium but of course today my target is to win. My opponents will give an answer whether that will be possible over the weekend."

While finishing seventh or above should prove a routine task for Marquez, adverse weather could present the biggest obstacle for the Spaniard, with heavy rain forecast.

Marc Marquez has already won the MotoGP world title, but he will have his sights set on another slice of history at the Malaysian Grand Prix.

The Spaniard sealed a sixth premier class championship in Thailand earlier this month with four races of the 2019 season still to go.

Subsequent victories in Japan and Australia have moved Marquez onto 375 points for the season and he will fancy his chances of overtaking Jorge Lorenzo's record haul in the year's penultimate race.

Here, we pick out some of the best Opta numbers ahead of the race at the Sepang International Circuit.

 

9 - Marquez needs nine more points from the season's 18th race to surpass Repsol Honda team-mate Lorenzo's tally of 383 - which he set across 18 races in the 2010 season.

22 - Excluding abandonments, Marquez has finished in first or second place in each of his past 22 races - his best such run in MotoGP.

5 - Marquez has won five races in a row heading into Malaysia, though he is still some way short of his record of 10 successive victories, which he achieved in 2014.

16 - Should Marquez finish on the podium, it would be his 17th top-three finish of the season, exceeding his record of 16, set in 2013.

44 - Valentino Rossi has not won any of his past 44 races. Should he fail to finish first in Malaysia, it will be the longest drought of his career, eclipsing his 44-race run without a victory between 2010 and 2013.

6 - However, the Italian has won the Malaysian Grand Prix more often than any other rider having been victorious on six occasions.

2 - The Sepang International Circuit is the only track where Andrea Dovizioso has won twice in his career after he triumphed in 2016 and 2017.

4 - Fabio Quartararo retired for the fourth time this season last time out. He now has more retirements in his debut MotoGP season than he did in his two previous years in Moto2 combined (three).

Maverick Vinales declared it was "victory or nothing" for him at the Australian Grand Prix after crashing out on the final lap of a Phillip Island thriller on Sunday.

The Monster Energy Yamaha rider dropped back to sixth place after starting on pole but worked his way back to the front.

Vinales looked set for a repeat of his win in the race last year, but dominant champion Marc Marquez overtook him on the last lap as they fought it out in a dramatic finale.

It was Marquez who took the chequered flag yet again after Vinales ended up in the gravel at Turn 10, having lost control as he strived to pass his fellow Spaniard.

Vinales had no regrets at the end of a race that promised so much for him.

"Well actually I'm very happy because I gave my best every lap, every single lap," Vinales said.

"But for sure we have things to improve – you could see [that] in the race on the TV. So, we need to keep working, keep improving the bike. I think we have very positive points and some that we have to improve but, as a rider, I gave my best.

"If not there, the crash was 10 metres later because I already attacked to go in, so it was there or later. I tried my best. When you try your best… okay, for me today, it was victory or nothing. I think it was the best."

Vinales, seven points behind third-place Alex Rins in the MotoGP driver standings, is confident he can mount another strong challenge at the Malaysian Grand Prix next weekend. 

"Sepang is a track that I really like. Here the feelings were very positive. I rode fast in all the areas, especially on the race pace we were very fast," he said.

"We need to keep working. For sure it won't be easy in Sepang because of the long straights. But we'll keep working and we'll be there for sure. We're really motivated as always."

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