The MotoGP paddock is en route to Motegi, Japan for the first of the three-in-a-row fly away races.

Reigning champion – Marc Marquez – had a difficult race in Aragon, when he crashed out out on just the second lap. To add insult to injury, the young Spaniard suffered a mountain bike accident last week, forcing him to undergo surgery on his left hand on Wednesday. He has been recuperating this week and expects to take place in this weekend’s race – albeit not at 100%.

On the other side of the garage, Dani Pedrosa had a wonderful race in Aragon – battling with Valentino Rossi to claim a fantastic second place. Dani will be looking to continue this momentum this weekend in Japan.

Located amongst the vast natural beauty of the northern Kanto district, the twin ring circuit at Motegi in Japan consists of a 1.5 mile oval and a 2.9 mile road course constructed to international standards. Built by Honda as the ultimate test facility in August 1997, the road circuit became home to MotoGP in 2000. Victory here in the premier class has eluded Marc who won here in 2012 (Moto2) and 2010 (125cc), finished 2nd in 2013 and 2014 (MotoGP) and also in 2011 (Moto2). Dani has enjoyed three victories – 2012, 2011 (MotoGP) and 2004 (250cc), one 2nd place finish in 2005 (250cc) and three 3rd positions in 2013, 2009 and 2008 (MotoGP), finishing 4th here last year.

Marc Marquez

CHAMPIONSHIP STANDING: 3RD - 184 POINTS

"Aragon was a tough race and I made a mistake, now I’m eager to get to Japan and try to end the season at the top. Unfortunately last week I had a training accident whilst mountain biking and suffered a fracture in my left hand. I had an operation on Wednesday and have been resting it since. I’m healing well and hope to be as fit as possible for this weekend. Track conditions in Motegi can vary quite a lot and we will work hard on the set up in terms of the hard acceleration and braking in order to be at the front come Sunday. I hope we can have a good result in front of Honda’s home fans!"

Marc Marquez Statistics | More Statistics

Date of Birth 17/02/1993
Birthplace Lleida, (Catalonia) – Spain
Height 168 cm
Weight 59 kg
Hobbies Mountain Biking, Video games
Racing Number 93
First Race 1998 “Enduro per nens”
Grand Prix Debut 2008 125cc Portugal GP (KTM 125 FRR)
GPs raced 167 (46 in 125cc, 32 in Moto2, 89 in MotoGP)
GP pole positions 73 (14 in 125cc, 14 in Moto2, 45 in MotoGP)
Total GP podiums 101 (14 x 125cc, 25 x Moto2, 62 x MotoGP)
Total GP wins 61 (10 x 125cc, 16 x Moto2, 35 x MotoGP)
First GP Win 2010 125cc Italian GP (Derbi RSA 125)
World titles 5 (1 x 125cc - 2010, 1 x Moto2 - 2012, 2 x MotoGP - 2013, 2014, 2016)
Previous Results in Motegi 2014 2nd (MotoGP), 2013 2nd (MotoGP), 2012 1st (Moto2), 2011 2nd (Moto2), 2010 1st (125cc), 2009 5th (Moto2), 2008 DNF (125cc)

Dani Pedrosa

CHAMPIONSHIP STANDING: 7TH - 129 POINTS

"After the battle in Aragon with Valentino I’m feeling really motivated to go to Japan, Honda’s home race! We had a testing day on Monday after the race and then on Tuesday I stayed in Barcelona for my birthday with family and friends. Now we’re already on our way for the fly aways. This race is a big event for Honda so I’m even more inspired to give them and all the fans a strong result! The track itself has many strong braking points and acceleration areas, so you need to find a good setup combining braking stability and traction out of the corners."

Dani Pedrosa Statistics | More Statistics

Date of Birth 29/09/1985
Birthplace Sabadell, (Catalonia) – Spain
Height 160 cm
Weight 51kg
Hobbies Cycling, Motocross, Windsurfing, Cinema
Racing number 26
First race 1997 Pocket bike race
Grand Prix debut 2001. 125cc Japanese GP, Suzuka – (Honda RS125R)
GPs raced 276 (46 in 125cc, 32 in 250cc, 198 in MotoGP)
GP pole positions 49 (9 in 125cc, 9 in 250cc, 31 in MotoGP)
Total GP podiums 152 (17 x 125cc, 24 x 250cc, 111 x MotoGP)
Total GP wins 53 (8 x 125cc, 15 x 250cc, 30 x MotoGP)
First GP win 2002. 125cc Dutch GP, Assen – (Honda RS125R)
World titles 3 (1 x 125cc - 2003, 2 x 250cc - 2004, 2005)
Previous Results in Motegi 2014 4th (MotoGP), 2013 3rd (MotoGP), 2012 1st (MotoGP), 2011 1st (MotoGP), 2010 DNS (MotoGP), 2009 3rd (MotoGP), 2008 3rd (MotoGP), 2007 DNF (MotoGP), 2006 7th (MotoGP), 2005 2nd (250cc), 2004 1st (250cc), 2003 8th (125cc), 2002 8th (125cc), 2001 18th (125cc)
Location Information

Located amongst the vast natural beauty of the northern Kanto district, the twin ring circuit at Motegi in Japan consists of a 1.5 mile oval and a 2.9 mile road course constructed to international standards. Built by Honda as the ultimate test facility in August 1997, the road circuit became… read more.

Length 4.801 kilometres / 2.983 miles
Width 15 metres
Left corners 6
Right corners 8
Longest straight 0.762 kilometres / 0.473 miles
Constructed 1997

Twin Ring Motegi, Haga District, Tochigi, Japan - View in Google Maps

www.twinring.jp/english

Records

Pole Position 1m 43.790s (166.5km/h) Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha, 2015)
Race Lap 1m 45.350s (164km/h) Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha, 2014)
Race Time 42m 21.259s (163.2km/h) Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha, 2014)
2017 Race Winner Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati)