Marquez celebrates fifth MotoGP title ... by dislocating his shoulder

Marquez started from sixth

Spain's Marc Marquez wrapped up his third straight MotoGP championship before dislocating his shoulder in the ensuing celebrations.

In a weird turn of events, Marquez dislocated his shoulder while celebrating on the track with British rider Scott Redding.

'It was not the first time; maybe it was my weak point of the season because I dislocated it many times during training at home. "In December I need to have a pit stop with Dr Mir and next season it will be flawless", explained Marquez.

Dovizioso pushed again on four laps later with a new fastest lap, but Marquez went even quicker the following lap and it became clear he was in no mood to settle for a safe second - which would not have been enough for the title.

Aprilia rider Redding apologised on Instagram, posting: "Once we was rivals "big rivals" now we have nothing [but] respect and fun!"

Despite the dislocated shoulder, Marquez picked himself up to lift the trophy at the Japanese Grand Prix - saying he feels "really, really good".

That heart-in-mouth moment allowed Dovizioso to retake the lead, but Marquez continued to swarm all over the Italian, finally slashing past him with a daredevil move on lap 21 of 24. He recovered but eventually finished 18th.

'After Aragon I already felt, I already imagined that it will be here, but the good thing is when you have the first chance (to win the title), then you do it'.

Marquez pipped Dovizioso on the final lap of the Thailand Grand Prix last time out and while he did leave it quite as late at Motegi the result was the same. "I tried to enjoy it and these last three races I will try and enjoy it, I am enjoying fighting for the victory, this is the way to ride".

"I did one lap and a half like this and I wanted to do this immediately, and I did a small mistake".

2018 marked Marquez' fifth MotoGP title in six years of competing in the premier class, but Marquez attributed his success this year down to the consistency he targeted through the past winter.

"The battle [with Dovizioso] has been great all year", said an exuberant Marquez.

Dovizioso's crash left Cal Crutchlow advancing to P2 and the LCR Honda rider finished ahead of Alex Rins (Suzuki). Rins was less than two tenths behind Crutchlow to secure a phenomenal home podium for Suzuki.

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