Japanese GP: Repsol Honda preview

The World Championship races on Honda" home ground This weekend the World Championship goes to Japan, after the rain filled start to the season in Qatar two weeks ago. The circuit of Motegi, constructed by Honda in the 90s, will host the second...

The World Championship races on Honda" home ground

This weekend the World Championship goes to Japan, after the rain filled start to the season in Qatar two weeks ago. The circuit of Motegi, constructed by Honda in the 90s, will host the second race of the year at a special time for the company as it is commemorating 50 years in the World Championship this year. The best way to celebrate this would be on the podium, and that is the Repsol Honda Team" objective.

The race in Japan will let us see exactly how fit Dani Pedrosa is as he was not able to fight for the podium in Qatar. The Spanish rider explains on his blog that he has recovered 10 degree more flexibility on his knee and that "the pain is not so intense". He admits that the first date of the season "was in part about suffering and only a little about enjoyment" and so he hopes that he can be "more agile on the bike, stronger and enjoy myself once again" in Japan this weekend.

On the other hand his teammate Andrea Dovizioso will continue to make progress at Motegi. The Italian got a well-deserved fifth place in his first ever race on an official Honda, a bike that he has easily adapted to; and in the forthcoming race he will fight to finish in a higher position. "We are going to Japan after having learnt a lot in Qatar" he says. He wants to join in the company" celebrations too: "This year Honda is celebrating its 50th anniversary in the World Championship and it is an honour for me to compete with them".

The race will also show us exactly where Casey Stoner is after a great start in Qatar and to see what Dani Pedrosa" rivals in the title fight can do.

Day for celebrations

The circuit of Motegi was constructed at the end of the 90s and made its debut in the World Championship in 1999, the Pacific GP. Last year the track hosted its 10th race and it did so in a special way. This year the Japanese GP will take place with some special dates to commemorate. In addition to the Honda celebrations this weekend" race is GP number 700 in the history of the World Championship.

-credit: repsol

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Series MotoGP
Drivers Andrea Dovizioso , Casey Stoner , Dani Pedrosa
Teams Repsol Honda Team