Japanese GP: Honda LCR preview

HONDA LCR TEAM MAKES LONG HAUL FOR JAPANESE GRAND PRIX Honda LCR rider Carlos Checa makes the long haul trip to this Sunday's Japanese Grand Prix confident that he and the Honda LCR can continue their strong late season form. Top ten results at...

HONDA LCR TEAM MAKES LONG HAUL FOR JAPANESE GRAND PRIX

Honda LCR rider Carlos Checa makes the long haul trip to this Sunday's Japanese Grand Prix confident that he and the Honda LCR can continue their strong late season form. Top ten results at recent races, Portugal (seventh) and Misano (sixth), continue to show the potential of recent performance upgrades from Honda and Michelin.

Despite this promising boost Checa is aiming for an improved qualifying performance at the Twin-Ring Motegi Circuit for this race. He feels that he can challenge for the top six group with a better starting position although Motegi will not be an easy challenge. The track features a sequence of tight hairpin corners, linked by short drag-strip style straights.

CHECA: "Some of our early season races were difficult but we are not giving up as the LCR team has shown at Estoril and Misano. Motegi is a complicated track, it can be difficult trying to balance the heavy braking for the hairpins with the need for hard acceleration for the straights, it is basically a stop-go track. But we have found some good compromises with Honda and Michelin recently. And the team is very positive after the Portugal race and looking forward to Japan."

Irish rookie Eugene Laverty is also feeling confident about his first visit to the Twin Ring Motegi Circuit where he feels his more experienced rivals will have less of an advantage than at the European tracks.

LAVERTY: "On paper Motegi doesn't look like a horsepower track and if we can sort out the braking stability problems from Portugal then I think I can again challenge for points. I think we can solve the problem, we just need time to find the right set-up".

-credit: honda lcr

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Series MotoGP
Drivers Carlos Checa , Eugene Laverty