MotoGP has started its winter off-season, but it hasn’t slowed down the latest gossip starting with Marc Marquez’s expected recovery timetable from his right shoulder surgery…

- Marc Marquez’s surgeon Dr. Mir predicts he will be able to ride at the first pre-season test in 2020 at Sepang but won’t be at 100%. MotoGP’s favourite surgeon explains how the operation to Marquez’s right shoulder differs and is less invasive than his left shoulder surgery 12 months ago and predicts a two-month recovery period. ( – requires login)

- Yamaha team manager Massimo Meregalli says the Iwata team’s prototype engines used at the Jerez test will form the basis of its 2020 engine with no major revolution expected over the winter before the Sepang test. (

- Former MotoGP rider Scott Redding backs Jorge Lorenzo’s decision to retire from racing having agreed with the reasons behind his call. Redding steps up to the World Superbike championship with the factory Ducati team after winning the British Superbike title in his rookie year. (Speedweek)

- Valentino Rossi and half-brother Luca Marini win the 1000km race hosted by Rossi at his ranch. Over 40 elite level riders were invited to take part in the traditional end-of-year competition by Rossi at his VR46 Ranch in Tavullia. (Instagram)

- 15-time world champion Giacomo Agostini opens a Trophy Hall which exhibits his achievements, trophies and records in Bergamo with key figures from MV Agusta and Yamaha joining the Italian to celebrate the event launch. (

- Jorge Lorenzo begins his retirement celebrations in style on holiday in Bali, while the rest of the MotoGP paddock begins the off-season following the Jerez test. (Instagram)



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