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Seven-time MotoGP world champion Marc Marquez expects his recovery from shoulder surgery will take “all the winter” as the Spaniard faces a race against time to be fully fit for the Sepang shakedown in early February.

The Spaniard underwent successful surgery this week on the recurring shoulder injury he further damaged in the final GP of the season in Valencia.

He did compete in the post-season Jerez tests last week before having the operation and predicted his recovery will take him right up until February, when the first round of testing occurs in Sepang on the 1st of the month.

“Recovery [will take] all the winter,” Marquez said. “Because it’s a long recovery, and I will not arrive at Malaysia maybe 100%, it will be tight.



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F1 news 2018: Bernie Ecclestone offers to buy Silverstone, British Grand Prix, latest contract, 2019 race

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Former Formula One chief Bernie Ecclestone has revealed he tried to buy Silverstone, only to be told it is not for sale.

The future of the British Grand Prix is currently in doubt after Silverstone decided to invoke the break clause in the contract they agreed while Ecclestone was still in charge as costs of hosting the race continue to soar.

As a result, the 88-year-old offered to purchase the circuit to ensure the race will definitely live on past 2019 but saw his advances rebuffed.

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F1 news 2018: Max Verstappen addresses Renault jabs, Red Bull’s Honda engine, Daniel Ricciardo, latest

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Max Verstappen has moved to play down his criticism of Renault throughout 2018 as his now former teammate Daniel Ricciardo prepares to start at the team.

The Dutchman was outspoken over his frustration at Renault’s engine last season, as Red Bull were left some way off the pace set by Mercedes and Ferrari.

Reliability issues hampered not only his progress, but also that of Ricciardo, leading to Red Bull opting to move to Honda power units for 2019, ending their 11-year association with Renault.

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V8 Supercars 2018: SuperNight Perth 2019 schedule extended, calendar, dates, races

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Supercars has extended its SuperNight format for 2019 to include racing on both Friday and Saturday nights in Perth.

With Sydney Motorsport Park not on the calendar for 2019, the location of the inaugural SuperNight after an absence of 21 years of racing under the lights in Australia, Perth will host an extended schedule at Barbagallo Raceway, on May 2-4.

Sydney only hosted a single 300km race, but Perth will feature a 120km race on the Friday night and then a 200km race on the Saturday. Opening practice will be held under the lights as well, with a 30-minute session on the Thursday evening.

Scott McLaughlin will be one of the leading lights in Perth next year.
Scott McLaughlin will be one of the leading lights in Perth next year.Source: News Corp Australia

Friday and Saturday will then both feature practice and qualifying sessions.

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