JAPAN 2012 Grand Prix of Japan - Motegi - Preview 09/10/2012

Date : 09/10/2012

Repsol Honda Team heads East for decisive final races

This weekend The Repsol Honda Team return to full strength with Dani Pedrosa and Casey Stoner for the Japanese Grand Prix, the 15th round of the MotoGP Championship.

Dani, who has won three of the last four races, currently lies 2nd in the Championship and is chasing down Lorenzo. He will be looking to repeat his 2011 victory in Motegi and reduce the 33 point gap with just 4 races of 2012 remaining. Dani has won at Motegi in all three classes, 125cc (2002), 250cc (2004) and MotoGP (2011).

Casey, who has missed the last three Grands Prix due to an injury sustained in qualifying for the Indianapolis Grand Prix in August, will be anxious to get back on track and asses the movement in his right ankle. Casey had surgery on the 30th August and has been recovering at home in Australia with his target to be fit for the final races of 2012. With 186 points Casey is mathematically out of the Championship race but he will want to finish on a high before he retires from the sport. Casey has a single victory at Motegi in MotoGP 2010.

DANI PEDROSA – World Championship Position: 2nd with 257 points
"Motegi is a race I always look forward to. It's the most important weekend for Honda and I really enjoy the circuit. We have now the most demanding period of races ahead, but we will keep taking things step by step, thinking race by race. I love Motegi, it's a track with strong braking and strong acceleration. You must work very hard for the anti-wheelie, handling with the throttle, braking stability and good drive out of the corners. We had a good race there last year and we will work hard with the team to be as competitive as possible".
CASEY STONERWorld Championship Position: 3rd with 186 points
"It's going to be great to see all my team and get back on my bike in Motegi this weekend. The last 6 weeks have been pretty tough for me, I've had to sit around and rest my ankle, get some physio and try to occupy my time - thankfully I've had Ally around to keep me occupied. I've been watching the races at home, I felt bad for Dani in Misano, but these things can happen - as they did for Jorge in Assen. The Motegi circuit is very stop-start with a lot of hard braking and accelerating, it's pretty tough on the body and physically quite demanding. The first session on Friday will be crucial to see how my ankle feels in the boot and the degree of movement I have and pressure I can apply".

Rider Statistics - Dani Pedrosa
Age 27
Racing number 26
Race machine Honda RC213V
Date of birth September 29, 1985
Birthplace Sabadell, Spain
Height 160cm
Weight 51kg
Hobbies Cycling, Music
Grand Prix debut 2001, 125cc Japanese Grand Prix, Suzuka
First GP win 2002, 125cc Dutch Grand Prix, Assen
GP wins 41: 8 x 125cc, 15 x 250cc, 18 x MotoGP
GP podiums 108: 17 x 125cc, 24 x 250cc, 67 x MotoGP
GP pole positions 40: 9 x 125cc, 9 x 250cc, 22 x MotoGP
World Championships 3: 1 x 125cc (2003); 2 x 250cc (2004, 2005)
Previous results at Motegi 2011 1st (MotoGP), 2010 DNS (MotoGP), 2009 3rd (MotoGP), 2008 3rd (MotoGP), 2007 DNF (MotoGP), 2006 7th (MotoGP), 2005 2nd (250cc), 2004 1st (250cc), 2003 6th (125cc), 2002 1st (125cc), 2001 3rd (125cc)

Rider Statistics - Casey Stoner
Age 26
Racing number 1
Race machine Honda RC213V
Date of birth October 16th, 1985
Birthplace Southport, Australia
Height 171cm
Weight 58kg
Hobbies Fishing
Grand Prix debut 2001, 125cc British Grand Prix, Donington Park
First GP win 2003, 125cc Valencia Grand Prix, Valencia
GP wins 44: 2 x 125cc, 5 x 250cc, 37 x MotoGP
GP podiums 86: 10 x 125cc, 10 x 250cc, 66 x MotoGP
GP pole positions 42: 2 x 125cc, 2 x 250cc, 38 x MotoGP
World Championships 2: MotoGP (2011, 2007)
Previous results at Motegi 2011 3rd (MotoGP), 2010 1st (MotoGP), 2009 4th (MotoGP), 2008 2nd (MotoGP), 2007 6th (MotoGP), 2006 DNF (MotoGP), 2005 3rd (250cc), 2004 DNF (125cc), 2003 2nd (125cc), 2002 17th (250cc)

Championship standings
1 Jorge Lorenzo 290 pts SPA YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing Team
2 Dani Pedrosa 257 pts SPA HONDA Repsol Honda Team
3 Casey Stoner 186 pts AUS HONDA Repsol Honda Team
4 Andrea Dovizioso 179 pts ITA YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
5 Cal Crutchlow 135 pts GBR YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
6 Valentino Rossi 128 pts ITA DUCATI Ducati Team
7 Alvaro Bautista 128 pts SPA HONDA San Carlo Honda Gresini
8 Stefan Bradl 115 pts GER HONDA LCR Honda MotoGP
9 Nicky Hayden 93 pts USA DUCATI Ducati Team
10 Ben Spies 88 pts USA YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing Team
11 Hector Barbera 64 pts SPA DUCATI Pramac Racing
12 Randy De Puniet 53 pts FRA ART Aspar Team MotoGP
13 Aleix Espargaro 51 pts ESP ART Aspar Team MotoGP
14 Karel Abraham 32 pts CZE DUCATI Cardion AB Motoracing
15 Yonny Hernandez 28 pts COL BQR-FTR BQR
16 Michelle Pirro 25 pts ITA HONDA San Carlo Honda Gresini
17 Colin Edwards 22 pts USA SUTER NGM Mobile Forward Racing
18 James Ellison 19 pts GBR ART Paul Bird Racing
19 Jonathan Rea 17 pts GBR HONDA Repsol Honda Team
20 Mattia Pasini 13 pts ITA ART Speed Master
21 Danillo Petrucci 11 pts ITA IODA Ioda Racing Project
22 Ivan Silva 11 pts SPA BQR-FTR BQR
23 Toni Elías 10 pts SPA DUCATI Pramac Racing
24 Steve Rapp 2 pts USA N/A Attack Performance
25 David Salom 1 pt SPA BQR-FTR BQR
26 Franco Battaini 0 pts ITA DUCATI Ducati Team
27 Chris Vermeulen 0 pts AUS SUTER NGM Mobile Forward Racing
28 Aaron Yates 0 pts USA N/A GP Tech

Circuit information
First race 1999
GPs held 13
Laps 24
Race distance 115.224km / 71.592miles
Track length 4.801km / 2.983miles
Track width 12-15m
Longest straight 0.762km / 0.473miles
Corners 14 (8 right, 6 left)
Pole position Left

Sepang International Circuit

Circuit records
Pole position 1m45.267s (164.188km/h) Casey Stoner (Honda, 2011)
Race lap 1m46.090s (162.914km/h) Dani Pedrosa (Honda, 2011)
Race time 42m47.481s (161.561km/h) Dani Pedrosa (Honda, 2011)
MotoGP Wins 3 (Loris Capirossi 2005-07)
2010 Winner Casey Stoner (Ducati)
2011 Winner Dani Pedrosa (Honda)
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