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MotoGP Pre Race Preview Report at Motegi

This Friday will kick off the 14th MotoGP Championship at the Motegi circuit on the island of Japan. This will be the first of three consecutive race weekends, which will also take place in Malaysia and Australia before returning back to Europe to finish out the season for the two remaining rounds.

What was to originally be the second race of the season has now become the 14th round due to unforeseen circumstances caused by an eruption of Iceland’s most capricious volcano this past April. Thanks to Mother Nature, the residual ash left airlines grounded on and off for several months, forcing the Japanese circuit to be postponed until this weekend.

Fiat Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo might be considered to bare the biggest beast of burden this weekend as he works to regain his momentum from the past 3 disappointing rounds. Regardless of his 56 point lead over his closest contender Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa, all eyes are on Lorenzo and he is feeling the pressure as the season continues to wind down, leaving him fewer opportunities to inhabit the podium.

To quote Jorge:

“The main goal is to get back on the podium and continue getting as many points as possible,” he explained. “We will try to be fast from Friday and start this run of three races as well as we can. I like Motegi and I think it can be great for us also this season.”

Repsol Honda’s Dani Pedrosa has a different beast to bare being the only rider who can keep Jorge Lorenzo from claiming the premier class title. Even though Pedrosa has been consistent in the last 4 races, finishing in second place in his homeland at Aragon two weeks ago, he still remains a substantial 56 points behind Lorenzo. It will take 2 or more DFN’s in the next 5 races from Lorenzo to give Pedrosa a fighting chance at the championship.  His plan of action; Induce a mega dose of pressure on Lorenzo!

To quote Dani:

“It will be very important to start this tour of Asia in the best way. As I’ve said before, I will approach this final section of the season simply thinking race by race. We’re doing a good job in the team, the RC212V is working well – we know it better and better – and so this a good chance for us to try to win more races and to finish the year in the best possible way.”

Marlboro Ducati’s Casey Stoner, the most recent winner of the MotoGP, will be looking to do a repeat performance at Motegi with a history of taking the top-five finishes at the Japanese circuit. Stoner attributes his newfangled successes to his bike set-up, namely improvements to his grip levels. With a positive past record at Motegi and his win at Motorland Aragon, Casey looks to further his bright future this Sunday!

To quote Casey:

“Motegi is a circuit with a lot of stop and go sections, not much of it flows together and it’s not one of my favorite layouts,” On the positive side the surface is smooth, with not too many bumps, which have really made us suffer at a lot of tracks this year. You need a bike that is stable under braking and efficient under acceleration so I am hopeful that the setting we found at Aragon can be useful here again.”

The soon to be ex- Fiat Yamaha rider, Valentino Rossi still is plagued by injuries. Although he seems to be fully recovered by his broken leg that forced him out of several races earlier this season, he still is being haunted by a shoulder injury that could ultimately count him out of the last two races of this season.

I think it’s safe to say Rossi is looking to the future more and more as this season comes closer to the end.

To quote Valentino:

“I have some great memories from Motegi, especially winning the Championship in 2008, but I am expecting this weekend to be quite difficult on my body,” continued Rossi, who is also looking forward to the rounds in Malaysia and Australia which follow on consecutive weekends. “We have a hard three weeks ahead but after this race two of my best tracks are coming up, and I am hoping for some good results. We will do our best and see what happens!”

Repsol Honda’s Andrea Divizioso, who is just one point behind Valentino Rossi in the standings, will be struggling this round coming off a DFN at Aragon, but still has a fighting chance to place fourth for the season if he plays it right. Monster Yamaha’s Tech 3 Ben Spies continues to progress from this season into the next in 6th place while Ducati Team’s Nicky Hayden is still feeling the high after his first podium experience at Aragon.

Rizla Suzuki’s Loris Capirossi is expected to return to the tarmac after a one race absence after having finger surgery.

Point standings:

284- Jorge Lorenzo

228- Dani Pedrosa

155- Casey Stoner

140- Valentino Rossi

139- Andrea Dovizioso

131- Ben Spies

125- Nicky Hayden

81- Randy de Puniet

74- Marco Melandri

74- Marco Simoncelli

The riders and fans can expect the return of the original timetable format prior to Aragon’s adjusted practice sessions, giving the riders time to familiarize themselves to the new track.

Look for the action to begin on Friday with an hour of practice, followed on Saturday with another practice session and ending with the qualifying round in the afternoon. The 24-lap Grand Prix show-down will commence at 3:00pm local time.

September 30, 2010 - Posted by | Alex De Angelis, Alvaro Bautista, Andrea Dovizioso, Aragon, Ben Spies, Casey Stoner, Dani Pedrosa, Ducati, Jorge Lorenzo, Loris Capirossi, Motegi, MotoGP, motorcycle racing, motorcycles, Valentino Rossi, Yamaha

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