MotoGP champion Marquez has shoulder surgery

FILE PHOTO: MotoGP - Malaysian Grand Prix - Sepang International Circuit, Sepang, Malaysia - November 4, 2018 Repsol Honda Team's Marc Marquez celebrates after winning the race REUTERS/Lai Seng Sin/File Photo

BARCELONA (Reuters) - Spain’s five times MotoGP champion Marc Marquez had successful shoulder surgery in Barcelona on Tuesday and faces a six-week rehabilitation programme, his Honda team said.

The 25-year-old, who took his third title in a row in October, had suffered a recurring dislocation of his left shoulder throughout the year.

The Repsol Honda team said he will begin training once rehabilitation had been completed, with the first pre-season test scheduled for Malaysia in February.

Reporting by Alan Baldwin in London; Editing by Ken Ferris