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Randy De Puniet (14) and Espargaro (41).


De Puniet and Espargar— to continue CRT in final four rounds of

It is the most exciting but also the toughest period of the season for the teams and riders as the paddock up for three races in as many on the other side of the planet. Sepang and Phillip Island are the for an intense intercontinental triple-header, this weekend at the Japanese

The fifteenth round of the season Dani Pedrosa arrive his championship hopes still after victory at Arag—n a 33-point gap to Jorge Lorenzo significant with just rounds remaining. Casey returns to action and could be the deciding factor in the battle the two Spaniards.

Aleix Espargar— a point back from his Randy De Puniet with his CRT win last time out in what was the tightest scrap of the season the POWER ELECTRONICS Aspar Just two points now separate in an entertaining battle for championship that looks certain to run the final round in Valencia. way their personal duel it seems certain that a first ever CRT title end up in the POWER ELECTRONICS Aspar cabinet.

Randy De Puniet: You say that Motegi isn’t one of the interesting circuits on the calendar as far as I am There are too many braking and I don’t enjoy riding really although the flip of that is that it has always good to me in terms of results and It will be an important Grand for us anyway.

There are just remaining this season and the with Aleix is going to be tight, so we have to remain over the next three and at Valencia. Hopefully the weather is to us because normally in Japan it to rain a lot in October. Whatever the we have to give our best to home as many points as from each of the remaining rounds.

Aleix Espargar—: Now we go to and we have three races in a short space of time. To be I don’t like spending so time away from but the good thing is that going to race at some of my circuits, especially Sepang and Island. We will have to hard at Motegi this if we want to leave there a good result.

It is a circuit a lot of hard braking and that suit us because it is probably our point. We are highly motivated an excellent weekend at Arag—n and the will be to finish ahead of again and make up the points he from us at Misano a couple of ago. Every race has to be that now if we want to get to Valencia to finish the season as the top CRT rider.

from a press release by Bridgestone:

Bridgestone MotoGP™ Preview — Round 15: Japan

Bridgestone slick available: Front: Soft, Hard. Rear: Soft,

Bridgestone wet tyre compounds Soft (Main), Hard

Round fifteen of the 2012 season takes place at the Ring Motegi circuit for one of the important contests of the year, as the Japanese presence in the paddock Bridgestone — celebrate home Grand Prix as the battle enters a critical

At approximately 4.8 kilometres in length is characterised by four straights create numerous heavy and acceleration zones. As a result, the section of the tyres at this are placed under considerable requiring the supplied tyres to high levels of front under braking, and good grip for acceleration.

The tarmac at is quite abrasive and with the now being run in October, track are generally quite cool so must develop tyres good warm-up performance and for the Japanese Grand Prix. compounds for this year unchanged with the soft, and hard front slicks offered alongside the asymmetric and medium rear slicks. The rear slicks feature harder rubber on the right in response to the greater number of turns at the Motegi circuit.

The wet tyre for Motegi will be the option to ensure maximum levels in the likely cool although all riders will be to select a limited number of the wet tyre, which for this is the hard option, if required.

Hiroshi Yamada — Bridgestone Motorsport Department

is one of the highlights of the season as the large contingent in the paddock gets to its home grand prix and put on a big for all the local fans. This is the case for Bridgestone and we will be a large number of guests, for of whom Motegi presents the chance to see some live action. Like every we will have a large booth in the public area we will be hosting a talk with many riders and year we are also holding a auction to help victims of year’s Tohoku earthquake, and I forward to meeting many fans there over the

Adding to the excitement is that is still everything to fight for in the between Jorge and Dani, and Casey making a welcome to the paddock there are many why this weekend should be a show.

Shinji Aoki Manager, Bridgestone Motorsport Development Department

Now that the Grand Prix takes in October, the temperatures for the race are cool, so warm-up performance is a key for tyre development at the Motegi The track surface is high-grip and which combined with the heavy braking and acceleration places high loads on the section of the tyres.

The circuit has a layout and features eight corners compared to six left-handers. the circuit doesn’t place loads on the either shoulder of the the greater number of right-hand means asymmetric rear with slightly harder on the right shoulder are provided Overall, Motegi is one of the gentler for MotoGP tyres and this is why we selected softer tyre selected for this race.

from a press release by Avintia Blusens MotoGP

Yonny is aiming at the CRT podium at Ivan Silva comes to MotoGP and makes his debut on the track

Europe’s new SuperStock Ivan Silva will be the Avintia Blusens CRT’s at Motegi. To Ivan it will getting familiar with the track but also having the to get back to MotoGP after his performance in the European championship and incorporated into the team For his part Yonny is willing to the positive line he has held the G.P. of Aragon and his objective be to score and finish among the CRT’s as he already did on many occasions. Even though are still four races to run the championship is now coming to an end and the Avintia MotoGP team members to complete the season on a positive

Yonny Hernandez: I am happy the latest result and I want to it. I finished third in the CRT’s at Motorland and I scored. That’s the I want to achieve in Japan but my true objective is to win. It is not an track and we’ll have to until we see how the motorbike is going but if we enough time to find out the setting-up, then nothing be dismissed.

Ivn Silva: As you can imagine I am pleased to get back to MotoGP the team. I am not familiar with the but I am excited after the race in the championship. I felt competitive in Albacete.

I enjoyed myself and I was close to become champion This has given me strength and if I have to prioritize work I can you that he remainder of the season be totally different from has been seen so far.

from a press release by Honda:





The Honda team be back at full strength for the Grand

Prix at Twin Motegi, Honda’s home with Repsol Honda

Casey Stoner rejoining and championship contender Dani

(Repsol Honda RC213V) for the of the three flyaway races.

arrives in Japan having his career mark of four

wins and having set a new personal record of podiums

with 12. four races to go, the Spaniard is to break both

marks, and he have to if he is to continue his quest for the

MotoGP World Championship.

won in Aragon in the European getaway Pedrosa closed

the gap on points Jorge Lorenzo to 33.

Motegi has a welcoming track for Pedrosa, a that he likes

and looks forward to. Pedrosa won in with a 7.3s margin of

That win completed the triple-crown for he has now

won in all three categories he has raced at 125cc, 250cc and

MotoGP. year’s win came after he had the 2010 race when

he his collarbone in practice through no of his

own. Prior to his injury, he had third in both 2008 and

When Stoner rolls his Honda RC213V onto the Ring Motegi

circuit on morning, it will have 55 days since he

suffered damage to his right ankle in a crash

for the Indianapolis Grand Stoner missed the final races

prior to the flyaways-Brno, and Aragon-while recovering at

home in He has spent the time with his family and

keeping up with the World Championship. Now the two-time

World Champion is ready to

Stoner returns at a track he finished third to team-mate

last year on his march to the MotoGP World Championship.

also won the 2010 Japanese Prix following a battle

then Repsol Honda Andrea Dovizioso, who fought until the

two-thirds mark in the when the Australian was able to a

clean break. Stoner finished second at Motegi in and was on

the podium in both the 250cc and classes.

San Carlo Honda rider Alvaro Bautista is tied for

sixth in the MotoGP Championship with the possibility of

fifth. The Spaniard has been stronger as the season

has progressed, his first podium coming two ago in Misano,

a race which was and followed by sixth place

Already he has scored nearly the points he did last year and

double his previous best 2010 if he maintains his consistency.

battle starts at Motegi, before last year’s he

was seventh in his rookie MotoGP of 2010. Bautista finished

his career with a win at Motegi in one year after

finishing He was also second in his final season in Japan.

Bautista is the rider in MotoGP using suspension, which

adds to his task of finding the proper on a circuit

that taxes the and shocks with hard and equally hard


Ring Motegi is one of the favourites of Bradl (LCR Honda

RC213V), who not only likes the but also the people of

Japan. The German continues his rookie of the season at a

track where he won the grand prix of his career. was in

2008, when he won a thrilling race. Since then, he has

fourth twice, including in his Moto2 World Championship-winning

The 22-year-old is just behind in the championship and

well ahead of the best rookie.

The Motegi gives Bradl another to earn his first

MotoGP a finish that is certain to He was denied a

possible podium in by a front tyre that lost air.

And in Aragon he was on the fourth lap when he fell.

Pirro (San Carlo Gresini FTR) continued his of

points-paying finishes in Aragon, he scored points for the

third in a row after a frustrating series of Pirro

might have higher up the order had conditions for

more dry track time, which prevented him from a

better set-up. Still, he is by the progress he and his

team have on the Honda CBR1000RR-powered CRT machine to

Motegi, where he first in 2005 before returning year in

the Moto2 class.

he returns to his home in Spain for the race of the 2012

season in Marc Marquez (Team Repsol-Suter)

could be the Moto2 Champion. The 19-year-old leads the

standings by 48 points, a lead he by winning seven times and

on the podium in four other If Marquez can increase

that to 50 following the Malaysian Grand the race

following Motegi, the will be his.

Marquez’s in Motegi is impressive. In 2010, his 125cc

season, he won the first of races in a row in Japan. He finished

to Andrea Iannone (Speed Up) in his Motegi Moto2

debut last season.

Pol (Pons 40 HP Tuenti-Kalex) has an uphill to

dislodge Marquez from the top though he is up for the

challenge. Espargaro won his Moto2 race of the season in

taking five points Marquez’s lead as he continues his

season surge: Espargaro has not worse than second in

the five races and has been on the in all five.

Of the two, Espargaro has far experience at Motegi, first

there in 2006. His best came in 2009 when he third in

the 125cc race, that with a fourth in Espargaro hit a

patch of bad luck in year’s race, finishing the lap in

last place before his way up to 21st.

Andrea Iannone Master-Speed Up) will be making his Moto2

appearance in Japan moving to the MotoGP class in The

Italian currently sits in the championship, though the 32-point

gap to will be difficult to overcome. he has to

worry about a rear … from Thomas (Interwetten-Paddock-Suter).

Iannone is the only in the top five to score points in

race, though two of those were well outside the top

which allowed the two Spaniards to away in the championship. He

is also the who won last year’s race by two over

Marquez with third. Iannone also won the pole position in

the 2009 grand prix.

Maverick (Blusens Avintia-FTR Honda) has wins in the

Moto3 class, than any other rider. But the win came in the

race prior to the break, after which he has not able to

match his early performances. That’s left him in the

championship, a position he may improve on, a title run is unlikely.

Vinales a chance to close the gap on the championship in

Aragon, where a technical prevented him from starting the

Now he is back in action in Japan, in his only previous visit

he fourth in last year’s race.

Romano Fenati Italia FMI FTR Honda) retired half

distance in Aragon a minor technical issue one after

finishing on the podium in his grand prix in Misano. is

another track where he has raced, though he can call on the

of team technical coordinator Locatelli, the

former racer who won the grand prix at Motegi in when it

was the Pacific Grand

Estrella Galicia 0,0-Suter rider Alex Rins is grand

prix rookie the Far East for the first time. never

seen Twin Motegi, Rins has been the circuit through a

videogame. The being the home of Honda, is hopeful of

engine upgrades for his Suter.

The previous two Japanese GPs postponed for differing reasons.

The race had to be moved from the to the fall by a

volcanic eruption in that interrupted air travel. year’s

race was postponed April to October by the earthquake and

that devastated northern Those two postponements

returned the to its more traditional fall where it began

life as the Grand Prix from through 2003, after it

replaced the Suzuka Circuit as the for the Japanese Grand Prix.

ran in the fall every year 2009, when it was moved to

the race of the year. Now it’s at the start of the

Japan-Malaysia-Australia flyaways

Twin Ring Motegi a world class road with a world class

oval that once open wheel races. The Twin Ring

is the marriage of two the English twin and the German

to denote the two tracks. But the venue much more than

the race course. The Honda Hall contains historic

and cars from Honda’s past. There is also a

track, rider and driver facilities, and Hello Woods,

explores the forests surrounding the track. The facility hosts

championships, everything from the FIM Trials to

Formula Nippon to GT to the Honda Eco Mileage Challenge.

Not all of championship events use the 4.801Km, road

course that the riders tackle. The track stop-start

straightaways with lower-gear that reward stability on the

and quick bursts of acceleration, the Honda RC213V with

The card in Japan is the weather. tells us that it will

at some point during the giving the better prepared

an edge when it comes time.


Repsol Honda rider Pedrosa says:

Motegi is a I always look forward to. the most important

weekend for and I really enjoy the circuit. We now the

most demanding period of ahead, but we will keep things

step-by-step, thinking I love Motegi, it’s a with

strong braking and acceleration. You must work hard for

the anti-wheelie, handling the throttle, braking stability and

drive out of the corners. We had a good there last year and

we work hard with the to be as competitive as possible.

Repsol rider Casey Stoner

It’s going to be great to see all my and get back on my bike in

Motegi weekend. The last six weeks been pretty tough for

me. had to sit around and rest my ankle, get physio and try

to occupy my time thankfully I’ve had (daughter) around to

keep me occupied. been watching the races at I felt bad

for Dani (Pedrosa) in but these things can happen, as

did for Jorge (Lorenzo) in Assen. The circuit is very

stop-start a lot of hard braking and accelerating. pretty

tough on the body and quite demanding. The first

on Friday will be crucial to see how my feels in the boot and

the degree of I have and pressure I can apply.

San Honda Gresini rider Bautista says:

Aragon was of a difficult weekend thanks to the

mixed weather. We were able to work as we wanted to

practice with the new material Showa brought for us. In

qualifying I for feeling on the front, the bike was

around a lot on the rear and we were to solve our problems in

time for the I would have liked to been fighting for a

similar to Misano, but the bike wasn’t in the shape. I

managed to make up in the race and improve my pace

practice, but no more than so we have to focus on the

positives, were championship points and data for

Motegi, where again work hard to fix our problems with

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the bike. If works as we hope then we be

competitive. We have to work a lot on the under braking, because

is the most important factor at circuit. Starting off the

flyaway on the right foot will be plus we

are racing at Honda’s circuit and I would like to them a

good result as a way of them for all their support

the season. I have been at Motegi in the past,

so I hope to that this weekend. is a circuit where you

need a that is stable on the brakes and has traction in

corner exit. It be well suited to our bike, has great


LCR Honda rider Stefan Bradl

Motegi is one of my favorite race and this GP it’s even

special to me because I am a Honda racer. I like the warmth of

fans and will do my best to get a result for my team

and the Honda I already cancelled the bad memory of race

in Aragon. We have the to fight for a podium finish and now

we stay very concentrated.

San Honda Gresini rider Pirro says:

Unfortunately, the at Aragon were a disaster and

the work we had planned after a weekend at Misano. It

really easy to try and find a set-up for the but in the

end we managed to finish the race and up an important point

which us all renewed belief in the project. It to be

an important finale to the season and we to try and close the

gap down to the top CRTs. At we’ll try to take another

closer. It’s a technical and even though it is not one of my

favourites I try my maximum alongside the guys in the to

fight to be the best CRT and come with a good result.


Team Repsol-Suter rider Marc says:

Motegi is a circuit we struggled a bit last year, but

this weekend everything go well. We must be vigilant

and for any kind of track conditions, there is

usually at least one there in the wet. We will try to

100 percent and see if we can have a good from this round. It

is a based around acceleration and but we are also

strong when it to braking now.

Pons 40 HP rider Pol Espargaro says:

we don’t know the weather and there it is not so

good. It changes a lot and year there are one or two days

it rains, and so we have to wait and what happens with the

and after that do my best as We go there knowing we

will be in Moto2 next year. We are so good with the

Kalex, the Team Pons. I love the the team loves me. We are

so complementary, we to know that that is so

difficult that we have to to win my first or try to take my

first championship and do my best next

Speed Master-Speed Up rider Iannone says:

Motegi is a I like and we’ll continue our work

there. We had some and chatter problems in Aragon kept us

off the podium. My crew has hard on those issues and

confident we’ll be able to for the podium again in Japan. We

to hope the weather is good, so we can get the dry track

time to find a set-up.


Blusens Avintia FTR Honda Maverick Vinales says:

what happened at Motorland I am excited about going to

Obviously the Aragon GP was very for us. You know that

these can happen in racing, but when occurs like a

fortnight you are never sufficiently prepared. we travel

to Motegi, I want to to my team, my sponsors, my fan club

and to the in general for having lost my when my bike

stopped on the lap. I am not trying to justify my

but one can understand the desperation and anger I felt when I

saw my title go up in smoke in an instant. Now is the time to

positive and make the most of the remaining races. We now

go to Motegi, I took a hard fought place last season

starting last. I like the but it isn’t an easy one. We

have to push to the maximum as we’ve seen this

the competition is fierce. Despite I can’t deny that our

is to take the win.

Team FMI FTR Honda rider Romano says:

I’m very ahead of Japan, where I to redeem myself on

a track I don’t know, but is home to a bike which I’m

to race with. My technical (Roberto Locatelli)

raced times at Motegi-he won the race in I’m certain

his experience be important at the upcoming tracks.

Galicia 0,0 Suter Honda Alex Rins says:

We go to the Grand Prix eager to get on the It is a

circuit where I have ridden before and I’m not with

it, but I will try to learn it as as possible. I’ve been

for this event for the past few but before traveling

there the only reference I have playing the track on

the videogames. is the home of Honda, so we may be running

small improvements in terms of but even if not we will still

try to do our with this engine.

from a press release by Pramac Racing:


The MotoGP paddock arrives in this week for the 15th of the 2012 World Championship, the of three flyaway races will take place in Malaysia and Australia.

After a difficult race at the Aragon two weeks ago, the Racing Team rider Barber- is eager to take the and achieve the top ten, having out it in the last races. The Twin Motegi holds mixed for the Spaniard, who suffered a serious both in 2011 and in 2008, but he has enjoyed some good at the Japanese track.

The Motegi has modern facilities and features a geometric track layout. and acceleration are the main prerequisite for a lap time.

H-©ctor Barber- Racing Team Rider

In I had an unsatisfactory weekend and unfortunately I had missed out the last four because of my injury. This run of races will be tough for but I will be working hard as looking for re-acquaint myself the bike and hoping for some results. As always our target be the top ten and catch as many points we can without risking too much. We do our best and see what happens!

from a press release by NGM Mobile Forward Racing:

The NGM Forward Racing riders for Japan

The 15th round of the championship takes the NGM Mobile Racing Team to Japan. The Ring Motegi circuit be the first of the three back-to-back races. The team’s goal is start this first improving the results from the GP.

In MotoGP Colin Edwards strive to be in the points and with the work done so far, get to the best bikes in his category. In great expectations for Yuki who at his home race wants to the opportunity to comeback among the top same for Alex De Angelis who has a to settle after finishing 6th last years race at very circuit.

Yuki -72

It is always great to race in Motegi, its home! I look to having my family and friends this weekend and I’m that this weekend we be within the points. We have a lot of ahead of us.

Alex De 15

After the last race in I see Motegi as the opportunity to get back to after a more than beginning of the race at the last and have the chance to fight the lead group.

Colin 5

We have made several in the last few races, lets they come in handy and us to find the right setup of the to be able to be with the top CRTs.

from a press release by LCR Honda:


Motegi: LCR race Stefan and his crew hits Motegi this weekend for the first of the flyaway races. Honda’s track is one of the favourites of Bradl who not likes the track, but also the of Japan.The young German his rookie of the year season at a where he won the second grand of his career in 2008 in the 125cc

The 22-year-old is just behind in the current championship and well of the second best rookie. The race gives Bradl opportunity to earn his first podium, a finish that is to come.

Before the first on Friday, Stefan and his Team Lucio Cecchinello visited the RD Tochigi Centre (the RD one of the world most popular system factory). Both and Lucio enjoyed very the special tour inside the factory including the various and the test laboratories: the duo met the Nissin involved in the development of MotoGP and had a car driving braking test at the Tochigi test circuit.

Motegi is one of my favorite race and this GP it’s even special to me because I am a Honda racer. I like the warmth of fans and will do my best to get a result for my team and the Honda I already cancelled the bad memory of race in Aragon.

We have the to fight for a podium finish and now we stay very concentrated.

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