After the strongest round of the season, the Repsol Honda Team arrive at home in Japan after a strong weekend for both Marc Marquez and Joan Mir.

Work continues relentlessly for the Repsol Honda Team as they arrive in Japan for round 14 of the 2023 MotoGP World Championship. Hard braking is a key characteristic of the 4.8-kilometer-long track, a point which should suit the Honda RC213V. Both Marc Marquez and Joan Mir have proven that they have the speed to challenge and run consistently at the front.

Joan Mir’s fifth place on Sunday was his best result of the year and provided both rider and team with confirmation of the work done during the Misano Test. Now the #36 is aiming to do it all again, this time in front of Honda’s home crowd at Mobility Resort Motegi. In previous visits, Mir has achieved consistent results in the top ten with a best of eighth in 2019.

The Japanese Grand Prix has seen some of Marc Marquez’s crowning moments in the premier class, including taking the 2014 and 2016 World Championships. In 2022, the eight-time World Champion returned to pole position with a stunning wet-weather lap for the first time since the Japanese GP in 2019 and he has earned three premier class wins alongside three additional podiums.

As Honda’s home race, the Japanese Grand Prix will be a special one for the entire Repsol Honda Team. Throughout history Honda have achieved 48 Grand Prix victories on home soil, 13 coming in the premier class and most recently in 2019 when Marquez stormed his way to an eighth World Championship.

Marc Marquez

“Motegi is always a special race, especially when you are a Honda rider. We have had many memorable moments there in the past, winning championships, returning to pole last year so I hope that we can do something nice to give the fans a reason to cheer for us. Conditions in Motegi can often change a lot, so we will have to adapt as the weekend goes but our overall objective remains the same: make steady progress and achieve the best result possible.”

Joan Mir

“I am looking forward to riding at Motegi as a Honda rider, always the fans there are incredible, and I can’t wait to ride there again. We come from a weekend in India where we were able to be consistent throughout with a good final result and I hope that we can do this again in Japan. But I think we will have a more challenging weekend, so let’s see finally what will happen. It’s all about setting up to end the season in the best way possible.”

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Rider standings

Pos. Rider Num Nation Points Team Constructor
1 Bagnaia Francesco 1 ITA 292 Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati
2 Martin Jorge 89 SPA 279 Pramac Racing Ducati
3 Bezzecchi Marco 72 ITA 248 Mooney VR46 Racing Team Ducati
4 Binder Brad 33 RSA 192 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
5 Espargaro Aleix 41 SPA 160 Aprilia Racing Aprilia
6 Zarco Johann 5 FRA 157 Pramac Racing Ducati
7 Vinales Maverick 12 SPA 138 Aprilia Racing Aprilia
8 Marini Luca 10 ITA 135 Mooney VR46 Racing Team Ducati
9 Miller Jack 43 AUS 109 Red Bull KTM Factory Racing KTM
10 Marquez Alex 73 SPA 108 Team Gresini Racing MotoGP Ducati
11 Quartararo Fabio 20 FRA 105 Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha
12 Morbidelli Franco 21 ITA 77 Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP Yamaha
13 Oliveira Miguel 88 POR 69 RNF MotoGP Team Aprilia
14 Fernandez Augusto 37 SPA 58 Tech3 GASGAS Factory Racing KTM
15 Rins Alex 42 SPA 47 LCR Honda Honda
16 Marquez Marc 93 SPA 45 Repsol Honda Team Honda
17 Di Giannantonio Fabio 49 ITA 43 Team Gresini Racing MotoGP Ducati
18 Nakagami Takaaki 30 JPN 40 LCR Honda Honda
19 Pedrosa Dani 26 SPA 32 KTM Test Team KTM
20 Fernandez Raul 25 SPA 29 RNF MotoGP Team Aprilia
21 Bastianini Enea 23 ITA 25 Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati
22 Mir Joan 36 SPA 16 Repsol Honda Team Honda
23 Espargaro Pol 44 SPA 11 Tech3 GASGAS Factory Racing KTM
24 Savadori Lorenzo 32 ITA 9 RNF MotoGP Team Aprilia
25 Folger Jonas 94 GER 9 Tech3 GASGAS Factory Racing KTM
26 Bradl Stefan 6 GER 6 Repsol Honda Team Honda
27 Petrucci Danilo 9 ITA 5 Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati
28 Pirro Michele 51 ITA 5 Ducati Lenovo Team Ducati
29 Lecuona Iker 27 SPA 0 Repsol Honda Team Honda
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


Pole Position 1m 43.198s (167.4km/h) Jorge Martin (Ducati, 2023)
Race Lap 1m 45.198s (164.2km/h) Jack Miller (Ducati, 2022)
Race Time 42m 21.259s (163.2km/h) Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha, 2014)
2023 Sprint Winner Jorge Martin (Ducati)
2023 Race Winner Jorge Martin (Ducati)