Grand Prix of Japan - Motegi - Preview
Date : 22/10/2013        

Repsol Honda Team head to home to Motegi looking for strong result

Repsol Honda Team head to home to Motegi looking for strong result

This week the Repsol Honda Team will head to Honda's home circuit in Motegi hoping to put behind them last week's black flag incident involving Championship leader Marc Marquez. Second place Australia GP finisher, Dani Pedrosa, will be hoping to continue his run of success at the Twin Ring Motegi, having won there the past two seasons.

Located amongst the vast natural beauty of the northern Kanto district, Twin Ring Motegi is a major attraction for motorsports fans all year round as it is the venue for the Honda Collection Hall, a museum which houses an illustrious collection of motorcycle, car and racing machines from throughout the ages.

Dani has enjoyed three victories (2012, 2011 MotoGP, 2004 250cc), one 2nd place (2005 250cc) and two 3rd positions (2009, 2008 MotoGP). Marc has also won twice (2012 Moto2, 2010 125cc) and taken a 2nd place (20 11 Moto2).

Marc Marquez  Marc Marquez - Championship Standing: 1st - 298 points
"Obviously I'm disappointed after Phillip Island, but these things can happen. The important thing is that once again, we showed we were there for the fight and were competitive. Now we must put it behind us and concentrate on Motegi. Track conditions can vary quite a lot and we will work hard on the set up in terms of the hard acceleration and braking, which is an area we have improved now. We will work hard from the beginning, following our normal programme and push 100% to recover after Australia"
Dani Pedrosa  Dani Pedrosa - Championship Standing: 3rd - 264 points
"It was a strange race in Australia, but I'm really pleased with my team who did a great job and we took a good second place. I always look forward to going to Motegi, it's a big race for Honda and I enjoy the track. It's the final race of three fly away races and we're all tired, so it's important to keep the concentration. The track has a lot of strong braking and accelerating and we must find a good set up for the braking stability and to get good traction out of the corners"

Championship standings

1 Marc Marquez 298 pts SPA HONDA Repsol Honda Team
2 Jorge Lorenzo 280 pts SPA YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing
3 Dani Pedrosa 264 pts SPA HONDA Repsol Honda Team
4 Valentino Rossi 214 pts ITA YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing
5 Cal Crutchlow 179 pts GBR YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
6 Alvaro Bautista 147 pts SPA HONDA Go & Fun Honda Gresini
7 Stefan Bradl 135 pts GER HONDA LCR Honda MotoGP
8 Andrea Dovizioso 127 pts ITA DUCATI Ducati Team
9 Nicky Hayden 111 pts USA DUCATI Ducati Team
10 Bradley Smith 99 pts GBR YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
11 Aleix Espargaro 88 pts SPA ART Power Electronics Aspar
12 Andrea Iannone 55 pts ITA DUCATI Energy T.I. Pramac Racing Team
13 Michele Pirro 50 pts ITA DUCATI Ignite Pramac Racing Team
14 Colin Edwards 36 pts USA FTR-KAWASAKI NGM Mobile Forward Racing
15 Randy De Puniet 33 pts FRA ART Power Electronics Aspar
16 Hector Barbera 31 pts SPA FTR Avintia Blusens
17 Danilo Petrucci 24 pts ITA IODA-SUTER Came IodaRacing Project
18 Yonny Hernandez 20 pts COL PBM Paul Bird Motorsport
19 Hiroshi Aoyama 13 pts JPN FTR Avintia Blusens
20 Claudio Corti 11 pts ITA FTR-KAWASAKI NGM Mobile Forward Racing
21 Ben Spies 9 pts USA DUCATI Ignite Pramac Racing Team
22 Karel Abraham 5 pts CZE ART Cardion AB Motoracing
23 Alex De Angelis 5 pts RSM DUCATI Ignite Pramac Racing Team
24 Michael Laverty 3 pts GBR PBM Paul Bird Motorsport
25 Bryan Staring 2 pts AUS FTR-HONDA Go & Fun Honda Gresini
26 Javier Del Amor 1 pt SPA FTR Avintia Blusens
27 Martin Bauer 0 pts AUT S&B SUTER Remus Racing Team
28 Lukas Pesek 0 pts CZE IODA-SUTER Came IodaRacing Project
29 Luca Scassa 0 pts ITA ART Cardion AB Motoracing
30 Ivan Silva 0 pts SPA FTR Avintia Blusens
31 Damian Cudlin 0 pts AUS PBM Paul Bird Motorsport
32 Blake Young 0 pts USA APR CRT Attack Performance

Circuit information

First race 1999
GPs held 14
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

Twin Ring Motegi

Circuit records

Pole position 1m44.969s (164.654Km/h) Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha, 2012)
Race lap 1m45.589s (163.687Km/h) Dani Pedrosa (Honda, 2012)
Race time 42m31.569s (162.569km/h) Dani Pedrosa (Honda, 2012)
MotoGP Wins 3 (Loris Capirossi 2005-07)
2011 Winner Dani Pedrosa (Honda)
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