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MotoGP news 2018: Marc Marquez shoulder injury update, doctor reports, prevented world title, surgery dislocation, return date

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Marc Marquez’s shoulder injury should have prevented him winning a fifth MotoGP world championship this year, according to the doctor who operated on him.

The Spaniard had been carrying the injury during the closing months of the season in which he sealed the title but exacerbated it in the final weekend in Valencia.

Dr. Xavier Mir, who was one of the doctors who worked on fixing the MotoGP champion’s shoulder dislocations, said his Tuesday surgery was “more complicated than expected” due to the level of join damage.

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“I almost do not understand how he was able to win the world title like that,” Dr. Mir told Marca. “It gives him more merit.”

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F1 news 2018: Carlos Sainz hits out at Red Bull copy claims, McLaren plan, 2019 chassis, schedule

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Carlos Sainz has hit back at Red Bull by insisting that McLaren will not be copying Red Bull’s chassis concept to improve the use of their Renault engine for the 2019 season.

McLaren were poor in 2018 and only the driving ability of the now-departed Fernando Alonso, who earned 50 of the team’s 62 points, prevented them from finishing lower than they arguably should have.

It was their first year with a Renault engine after splitting from Honda, who will now be providing Red Bull’s power for 2019, and because they struggled to compete so badly, it had been suggested that McLaren may emulate parts of the Milton Keynes-based outfit.

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V8 Supercars news 2018: Ford Mustangs given green light for 2019, testing results, schedule, confirmed

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Ford Mustangs will race in next year’s Supercars championship after being given the green light to compete in Australia’s premier motorsport category. The iconic muscle car has passed aerodynamic testing and will line up on the grid starting at the Adelaide 500 from February 28.

The two-door coupe will replace the Ford Falcon sedans which have become synonymous with the championship since first appearing at Bathurst in 1967. Supercars aerodynamic testing is undertaken to ensure parity between the three models of car competing in the championship – the Mustang, Holden’s ZB Commodore and Nissan’s Altima.

Supercars chief executive Sean Seamer said the Mustang passing after nine days of testing was a key moment for the championship’s future.

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“This is the final step in seeing the iconic Ford Mustang back on Australian race circuits and we can’t wait to see it in its full glory at the Adelaide 500 next year,” Seamer said.

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F1 news: Daniel Ricciardo’s Renault expectations 2019, Nico Hulkenberg, predictions, new season

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Daniel Ricciardo has revealed he will bring “push, fire and motivation” to Renault once he officially joins up with the team in the New Year.

The Australian bid farewell to Red Bull after a decade-long association this month as he completed his post-season duties with the team and prepares to move down to Renault.

The French outfit have made big strides up F1’s midfield over the past two seasons, finishing fourth in the standings this year, but remains adrift of Mercedes, Ferrari and Red Bull.

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