Maverick Vinales has revealed he is surprised by his MotoGP results this season despite finishing third overall. The Movistar Yamaha rider said “I thought others would struggle to beat me. I’d dominated in testing, I was also strong at Austin, the only guy able to fight with Marc Marquez in a race, even with a front tyre problem. I was very strong, I was the rider to beat. Then came the highs and lows with the tyres and bike." - GP One

The late Angel Nieto has been awarded with a Honorary degree from the Miguel Hernandez University. The former world champion passed away in August after succumbing to injuries from a traffic accident and his son Angel Nieto Jr said “He was loved by all fans of the motor world and even by those who were not. To restore that love, we are now preparing the Angel Nieto Foundation. We want our father’s legacy to last for a long time and help victims of traffic accidents." - AS

Pol Espargaro has credited him older brother Aleix for playing a 'significant role' in his early development. The Spanish rider said “Aleix taught me a lot, not just for motorcycling. I’ve always told the press: I won the 2013 Moto2 World Championship title against Scott Redding because I had good people around me, and Aleix played a significant role in that. He helped me in every single race and always raised me when I was down." - Speed Week

Red Bull KTM rider Bradley Smith believes he has learned a lot from this season but ‘could not wait’ for a holiday at the end of the season. Smith said “I learned a lot as an individual this season. Seen from many sides. From the point of view of racing, from the point of view of team politics to the pressure of the media and so on. It was really an interesting year." - Speed Week

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