Marc Marquez has undergone surgery on his injured left shoulder and will begin his six-week recovery programme to be fit in time for the start of the 2019 MotoGP pre-season tests.

The reigning MotoGP world champion had been scheduled for surgery on his left shoulder on Tuesday (December 4) less than one week after completing the final post-season test at Jerez.

Marquez had the surgery at Hospital Universitari Dexeus, in Barcelona, with the operation performed by MotoGP’s Dr Xavier Mir with assistant from Dr Victor Marlet and Dr Teresa Marlet.

The operation aimed to fix the Repsol Honda rider’s recurring dislocation problem with his left shoulder which he suffered with throughout the season - including during his 2018 title celebrations in Motegi plus a qualifying crash at the season finale in Valencia.

Marquez will be kept in hospital for 48 hours to start his recovery before a six-week rehabilitation at his Cervera home.

The 25-year-old hopes to be fully fit in time for the first 2019 test at Sepang, a shakedown test, on February 1-3 – in just over eight weeks’ time.

Full Repsol Honda team statement:

“After a fruitful end of season test in Jerez, reigning MotoGP World Champion Marc Marquez underwent surgery at the Hospital Universitari Dexeus today, 4 December. The complex operation was performed by Dr. Xavier Mir, Dr. Victor Marlet and Dr. Teresa Marlet, all members of ICATME (the Catalan Institute of Traumatology and Sports Medicine), in order to resolve the recurring dislocation in the Repsol Honda Team rider’s left shoulder, an issue which had persisted throughout the year.

“Marquez will be discharged within the next 48 hours depending on his recovery. Next week he will begin a six-week rehabilitation program in his home town, Cervera, to recover from the operation. He will then commence his winter training in preparation for the Sepang Test in February.”