Press releases from the teams and Michelin ahead of this weekend's Japanese Grand Prix:
Repsol Honda Team head home to Japan
Fresh from back-to-back wins with Dani Pedrosa at Misano and Marc Marquez at Aragón, the Repsol Honda Team are en route to Motegi for the first of three fly-away races, on a trip that will also bring them to Australia and Malaysia.
Honda’s home Grand Prix is held at the Twin Ring Motegi circuit, a 4.8 km race track that was built by Honda in August 1997 as the ultimate test facility and began hosting MotoGP in 2000.
Marc has won at Motegi in 2012 (Moto2) and 2010 (125cc), and although a Japanese victory has eluded him in the premier class, he has scored two second-place finishes, in 2013 and 2014—the latter making him the first Honda rider to clinch a World title in any class at the Motegi circuit. He also took second place in Moto2 in 2011.
Dani, who just turned 31, has enjoyed brilliant results at Motegi, where he is currently the most successful rider, with five victories including last year’s fantastic win in the wet (2011, 2012 and 2015 in MotoGP; 2004 in 250cc; 2002 in 125cc when the Pacific GP was held at Motegi) and four additional podium placements—one second-place finish in 2005 (250cc) and three third positions in 2013, 2009 and 2008 (MotoGP).
With a margin of 52 points over second-place Valentino Rossi and a maximum of 100 points available across the season’s remaining four races, there is an outside chance that Marc could again win the 2016 MotoGP title at Honda’s home Grand Prix (with Marc finishing first, Rossi 15th or lower and Jorge Lorenzo fourth or lower).
Championship Standing: 1st – 248 points
“The triple-header always marks a demanding period in the season because there are three races in a row in different time zones and different conditions, so we must handle them calmly and with the same mind-set we have kept throughout this season. The Japanese Grand Prix is an important appointment for us as it is Honda’s home race and one where we have great memories, as we clinched the title in 2014. On the other hand, it’s a circuit that has always been a bit challenging for us. So for example, if Aragon was a track that I marked for attacking, Motegi is one that I marked for giving up as few points as possible. That said, we’ll approach it with an open mentality, aiming for the best result possible but ready to adapt to the circumstances.”
Championship Standing: 4th – 155 points
“Motegi is one of my favourite tracks, and in addition to the fact that it’s Honda’s home circuit, I’ve had good results there. Clearly, we want to get the best result possible in front of our Japanese fans, but we must arrive there and start working on the bike and the tyres to understand if we’ll be able to be as competitive as we have been lately. At this moment, the most important thing is to find the best combination between the tyres and the bike, with myself also in the formula of course, to try and start to go well beginning Friday.”
Yamaha Jets to Japan for Motegi Round
Having secured a solid double podium in Aragón a little less than three weeks ago, Movistar Yamaha MotoGP's Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo shape up for the triple-header overseas, starting at the home of Yamaha with the Grand Prix of Japan.
Rossi thoroughly enjoyed the close racing in Aragón and expects to continue his podium streak at the Twin Ring Motegi circuit as one of the key protagonists. The Italian has been successful at this track numerous times before. In the premier class he has been victorious in 2001 and 2008, scored second place in 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2009 and 2015, and secured third place in 2010 and 2014. This weekend he has made it his mission to fight with the front-runners again to bridge the 52-point gap to the championship leader.
After closing the Aragón weekend strongly, teammate Lorenzo is also eager to get back into action at the Japanese track and he will aim for another top result this weekend. Over the last seven years, the Spaniard has climbed the Motegi podium seven times, winning the Japanese Grand Prix in 2009, 2013 and 2014, finishing in second place in 2011 and 2012, and securing third place in 2006 and 2015. This year he hopes to add another win to his tally and close the 14-point gap to his teammate.
The Twin Ring Motegi circuit was built in 1997 and two years later it was first visited by the MotoGP championship for the first time. The 4.8 km-long circuit instantly became one of the most exciting events on the calendar for motorsports fans thanks to thrilling racing action made possible by its stop-start character, tight hairpins and slight elevation changes over six left and eight right corners. Motegi was added to the MotoGP calendar in 2000 as the Pacific Grand Prix until it replaced the Suzuka Circuit as the host of the Japanese Grand Prix in 2004.
Massimo Meregalli - Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Team Director
"We are now starting the last part of the season with the first of the three races overseas before the final round in Valencia. The team is looking forward to visit Motegi, it's a very special Grand Prix as it is Yamaha's home race. Motegi is a fast track with a stop-start nature. Vale and Jorge have both done very well here in the past, so we expect to be fighting for the victory again this weekend. As always we aim to fully prepare the set-up of the YZR-M1 on Friday so we will be ready for the battle on Sunday. The three fly-away races are always challenging for the team, we will be pushing non-stop these upcoming three weeks and we can't wait to get started."
Championship: 2nd, 196 points
"I love the three overseas races, these circuits are fantastic. On paper we are strong with the Yamaha, so I hope to fight for the victory. I'm especially happy to go to Japan because it is the home of Yamaha and I will do my best to make it a good Grand Prix. I like the track and the atmosphere. I'm in good shape and I'm ready for the three races in a row!"
Championship: 3rd, 182 points
"We now kick off the most different part of the season and maybe the most exciting because we face three races in a row and they are all overseas, so physically and mentally it asks a lot from you. On the other hand it is a nice adventure every time we go there. First on the list is Motegi and this track gives me great memories. I love Japan and I like a lot this circuit because of the people and for Yamaha and the other Japanese manufacturers this Grand Prix is so important. This is the real home race! The end of the championship is still quite far away so we need to continue to ride in the best way possible, be competitive and try to win again. It would be fantastic to do that at Yamaha's home Grand Prix!"
SUZUKI HEADS HOME FOR THE JAPANESE GP
Team Suzuki Press Office – October 12.
Team SUZUKI ECSTAR is in Japan this weekend for the first of the three back-to-back MotoGP™ races away from Europe.
The Japanese GP at Twin Ring Motegi Circuit is expected to be a poignant one in Suzuki Motor Corporation’s home country and will allow many of the factory’s engineers, technicians and developers to see with their own eyes the results of their efforts.
The circuit is considered favourable by both riders Maverick Viñales and Aleix Espargaró, who will receive enthusiastic support from the local Suzuki fans and Viñales arrives in Japan full of enthusiasm after the positives from recent races; the Japanese GP will also be the young Spaniard’s 100th race in the World Championship. At the previous round in Aragon, Spain, he proved to be consistently-fast and capable of running with the fastest, having led the race for many laps and finally ending just a step off the podium. He also has a further incentive to perform well after his crash in last year’s race and wants to put in a positive performance for all the passionate Suzuki technicians from Suzuki’s Hamamatsu factory attending this the weekend.
Espargaró has undergone a strong training regime in preparation for the three fly-aways and is approaching the Japanese GP with full concentration and determination. Although his path to competitiveness has been hard recently, the weekend in Aragon proved that he can still be competitive and find good efficiency.
The GP of Japan will be raced on the Twin Ring Motegi circuit, a modern facility located among the vast natural beauty of the northern Kanto district. It consists of a 2.4 km (1.5 mile) oval – meant to introduce American motorsport culture to the country – and a 4.8 km (2.9 mile) road course, where the MotoGP™ race will take place, over a total distance of 24 laps (115.2 km - 71.5 miles.) The track the riders will be racing on takes in six left-hand corners and eight right-hand ones.
“My feeling for Motegi is very good, we are going to have a lot of support from fans and also the people coming to the race from the Suzuki factory. From my side I feel very confident, we are growing race after race and now we are aware that we can be competitive for the top positions in any race. It’s a good feeling, because it allows us to work with less pressure and keep the focus on our method. The machine has grown, but also our understanding of the electronics and the set-ups allow us to be more competitive. For sure in Motegi we will also take advantage to collect more information and transfer directly to the Japanese developers, it’s going to be a reward for their efforts but also a big injection of enthusiasm for them to push even further. Last year the rain complicated our weekend, so I’m happy that now we have different solutions to be competitive in the wet conditions.”
“Racing as a Factory rider for a Japanese brand means that when it’s time to go to Motegi the emotion increases a lot. The warmth from our Company will be a further push for a positive weekend; recently I haven’t been as competitive as I would have liked because I can’t understand how to exploit the front tyre yet. My team is doing a great job, the machine has grown a lot, but I still miss that something in my riding style that could allow me to get closer to the top. I’ve made a strong preparation for this race, as it will also be the first of a three-in-a-row series that will be very demanding physically and mentally, and my determination is at the top, I would really like to get an outstanding result with Suzuki before the end of the season, as a reward for all the effort we have made so far.”
FIRST STOP IN JAPAN FOR THE LONG MOTOGP TOUR
APRILIA AT MOTEGI TO CONFIRM THE POSITIVE TREND
The first stop on the longest and most exciting tour of the 2016 MotoGP calendar is the Motegi Twin Ring, the Japanese circuit that has hosted the premier world motorcycle racing category since 1999.
For Aprilia, the goal is to confirm the excellent progress demonstrated in the latest European races. The RS-GP's growth has allowed Alvaro Bautista and Stefan Bradl to shine in qualifying, twice going through to Q2 and consistently finishing in the top 10. This is encouraging performance that the Aprilia Racing Team Gresini is keen to confirm during this triple-header on three circuits with very different characteristics from one another.
ROMANO ALBESIANO - APRILIA RACING MANAGER
"Motegi is a track where the bike's acceleration and braking qualities are particularly important, two of the RS-GP's positive characteristics. For the same reasons, it is a track characterized by high fuel consumption and a lot of stress on the braking systems. We will have a few solutions to improve brake calliper cooling and some strategies that are particularly attentive to consumption for the race. We have also taken a small step forward to improve engine performance. We will try to build on the improvements shown in recent races and our goal is still the top ten".
FAUSTO GRESINI - TEAM MANAGER
"In the recent European rounds, both of our riders demonstrated excellent performance in the race, maintaining a good pace and significantly reducing the gap behind the leaders. This performance is a huge confidence booster for us in view of this long and important tour that includes three GP races in as many weeks on circuits with very different characteristics. Already this week in Japan we will be able to confirm the progress we have made, thanks to the new technical developments Aprilia has prepared. We are on a clear growth trend, which always makes it a pleasure to get onto the track".
"Motegi is a special track with a lot of braking sections where I have always done well, even finishing on the podium. The results of the recent races have charged us up and motivated us for Japan, ready to battle for the top 10. Stability, both in braking and in acceleration, is the characteristic we will need to work the most on this weekend".
"These will be three intense weeks, but I am optimistic about the three races. Especially Motegi suits my riding style well, so I think I will be able to aim for a good result, continuing our trend of improvement. It will be important to exploit my characteristics and those of my RS-GP as much as possible. The top 10 remains our primary goal. It would be nice to start off straight away with a nice race in order to get this tour off on the right foot".
Santi Hernandez and Ramon Aurin's guide to Twin Ring Motegi
Race engineers to Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa, respectively, analyse the Japanese track that stands out for its heavy braking and acceleration.
Motivated Tech3 duo head east for Motegi showdown
Monster Yamaha Tech3 Team riders Pol Espargaro and Bradley Smith confidently look on to the forthcoming Japanese Grand Prix where they will aim to kick-start the triple flyaway races in a positive manner. The pair will battle at the legendary Twin Ring Motegi circuit, which has produced many memorable duels over the years and they will seek to ride to success at Yamaha's home GP in the round 15 fight.
Pol Espargaro will continue his quest to reclaim the top independent position in the World Championship by finishing as closely as possible to the factory MotoGP riders in front of his loyal Japanese fans. The young Spaniard, who currently sits in joint 8th in the standings, returns to Japan full of optimism, after winning the Suzuka 8 Hours event for the second year in succession in July.
Meanwhile, Bradley Smith will get back in the saddle of his YZR-M1 after sitting out the past three MotoGP races due to a knee injury that he sustained in August. However, after a heroic recovery in such a short space of time, the Briton will aim to meet the chequered flag in a solid position in the 24 lap Motul Grand Prix of Japan on Sunday in order to begin the final races of the 2016 season positively
Championship: 9th, 96 points
"As always, I am excited about going to Japan and I fully intend to score a strong result to repay Yamaha on their home soil. The Japanese fans are special to me and I have had many good times in the country, such as the two victories in the Suzuka 8 Hours event for the Factory Yamaha Racing Team and also sealing the 2013 Moto2 World Championship after winning the GP that year. Therefore, the race in Motegi always has a special place in my heart and this year I will give my all again. We have had a bit of an up and down time recently, but with two weeks off after the Aragon GP, which I finished in 8th, I feel fully prepared and confident. The Motegi circuit is a demanding one, especially with regards to braking, but the Tech3 team and I will get straight to work and I am sure that we can have a solid opening day, which will set me up for a strong result at the end of the weekend."
Championship: 18th, 42 points
"I am excited about jumping back on my YZR-M1 and even though I know it will be a challenging race, I am determined and I will do my very best. It will be the first time that I can ride a MotoGP bike after seven weeks and even though I am almost fit, it will take me a bit of time to fully adjust to being back on the Yamaha. This will be the initial goal of the weekend, but I am confident that I can quickly get up to speed again. Japan is a special place, with it being the home of Yamaha and also the country where I won the Suzuka 8 Hours event last year. Plus, the fans are fantastic and really supportive which will motivate me even further. However, I know this weekend will be physically demanding due to the stop and go nature of the circuit, plus, there are a lot of hard braking corners but I am certain that we can start the flyaway races positively before we head to Phillip Island."
Hervé Poncharal - Team manager:
“Now we will enter the final section of the year and begin the three flyaway races, starting at Motegi, which is a special place for us. Firstly, I want to warmly welcome Bradley back after his time on the sidelines due to his knee injury. He worked really hard and his recovery has been impressive so we must commend him for this. No doubt Motegi will be a tricky event for him after so many weeks without riding, but we will work non-stop to make sure that he can do the best that he can. As for Pol, he will be fired up and determined for the Japanese Grand Prix with his sights set on acquiring the leading satellite honours on Sunday afternoon. It’s important to get a decent start to these three races and we are confident that he can fight as close as possible to the factory MotoGP riders. The support is always amazing in Japan and with it being Yamaha’s home race as well as sponsored by our backers Motul, we will do our best to please everyone so that we can leave the land of the rising sun with a good feeling.”
Miller and Rabat ready to tackle Honda’s home race
Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS embarks on the most intense phase of the MotoGP World Championship this weekend, with Jack Miller and Tito Rabat braced for action in Honda’s all-important home race at the Twin Ring Motegi in Japan.
Sunday’s 24-lap encounter is the first of three overseas races in just three weeks, with Australia and Malaysia coming hot on the heels of the Japanese round, which is the 15th leg of this year’s premier class series.
After missing the last two races in Misano and Motorland Aragon to allow himself ample opportunity to recover from two fractures in his right hand, Miller makes a welcome return to his Honda RC213V machine this weekend.
And the 21-year-old is determined to make up for lost time, as he goes in search of a confidence and morale-boosting performance to take to his vital home round in Phillip Island.
Miller has spent almost every waking hour in the build up to the Twin Ring Motegi race undertaking an intensive training regime at home in Australia to ensure he is in peak physical condition for the punishing challenge posed by the 4.8km Japanese venue.
The Twin Ring Motegi track is dominated by a series of hard braking zones and brutal acceleration points out of tight hairpins, but Miller is optimistic he can be part of the contest for a points scoring finish this weekend.
Spaniard Rabat is on a confidence-building mission of his own in the Far East after a tough recent run in his rookie MotoGP season.
A sequence of front-end spills have dented Rabat’s confidence of late, but he is as determined and focused as ever to make a good impression at the Honda-owned Twin Ring Motegi where he has finished on the podium in 2012 and 2014 while competing in the Moto2 category.
“It’s always tough to miss a race through injury and I’ve missed a few recently, but I'm positive all will be good for Motegi this weekend. Missing Aragon was the correct decision because the fracture in my hand wasn’t fully healed, so I would only have made things worse by racing there. Since Aragon I've been home in Australia working hard to get back to full fitness. Most of the training has been on the bicycle, but I also spent the last three days out on the water with the Jet Ski, which was fun. The hand is much improved and I'm looking forward to getting back on the bike this weekend in Motegi."
“I love this month because we travel all over the world to make the races and it is without doubt my favourite part of the World Championship. One of my big targets is to get back to finishing races inside the points again after a couple of difficult experiences in the last two. I really like Japan and the circuit has been good for me in the past. I have learnt so much so far this year and it is time to start putting all the pieces of the jigsaw together now. I think the style of the Twin Ring Motegi could be good for our package because you have a lot of very hard braking points at this track and a strong point of the Honda is that it stops very well. I don’t honestly know what to expect though because every track we’ve been to so far this year has thrown up a surprise for me, but I like this track a lot and I’ve had some very good results there.”
Michael Bartholemy: Team Principal
"The decision to have Jack sit out Aragon and concentrate on his recovery was a good one, as he heads to Japan in much better physical condition after an intense period of rehabilitation back home in Australia. He's been training hard and is feeling good going into the first of the three overseas races and everyone in the team is looking forward to seeing him back on the bike. Tito has also been putting in the hours preparing for these three races and I think Motegi is a track that may well suit his hard braking riding style. What is important is that he starts the three flyaway races strongly in Japan and then builds on that in Australia and Malaysia."
Avintia Racing starts the triple at Motegi
Avintia Racing team riders Hector Barbera and Loris Baz head to Japan for the 15th round of the 2016 MotoGP World Championship this weekend. Sunday’s 24-laps encounter will mark the start of the overseas triple, and after the Japanese round, teams and riders will fly to Australia and Malaysia. Twin Ring Motegi is a typical stop and go circuit and Barbera and Baz are looking forward to get the best out of their Ducati Desmosedici GP14.2.
The 29-year-old Spaniard is currently tenth in the standings, with a gap of only 12 points to eighth place, so he is eager to climb some positions before the end of the season. He will start his attack this weekend in Japan, and then continue at Phillip Island and Sepang, where he was really fast during the winter test.
Loris Baz heads to Japan in best physical shape after his foot injury, so he will start the triple with highest expectations.
“I head to Japan really strong after two weeks of training. Motegi is one of my favourite tracks and I’ve been always fast there, so I’m ready to start the triple. It will be crucial to get a good result this weekend, because if you make a good start, then everything else comes easily. Last year I rode one of the best races of the season at Motegi and I got the Open Class lead back, so I’m really confident and looking forward to get a good result. The track has many hard braking zones and this is one of the strongest points of our bike, so we have to work hard from Friday to get the best package for Sunday.”
“I head to Japan really motivated. The season has been tough for me and with two consecutive injuries, I was physically and mentally exhausted. I was able to ride my bike at Aragon, but I was far from the physical shape you need to ride these bikes. But I’m more fit now, not at 100%, but much better than three weeks ago. To have three races in three weekends is perfect for me, as I’ll be able to get the rhythm back. Last year, my race at Motegi was not good, but I think that it will be different with Ducati. This bike is very stable under braking and although we don’t have winglets to avoid wheelies, I think that we can be competitive. We’ll see how the weather will be as rain is quite common in Motegi.”
LCR HONDA TRAVEL EAST FOR ASIA-PACIFIC FLYAWAY RACES
This weekend’s Japanese Grand Prix is the first of three rounds in three weekends across the Asia-Pacific region, and the LCR Honda Team is positive about strengthening Cal Crutchlow’s grip on as Top Independent Team rider in the championship.
The British rider moved up to sixth place overall with an excellent fifth-position finish last time out in Aragon, and with this weekend’s race taking place at the Honda-owned Twin Ring Motegi it is hoped that his good run of form can continue.
The Motegi layout is quite stop-start in nature, with several straights linked together with lots of first and second gear corners which make it the hardest braking track on the whole MotoGP calendar.
#35 Cal Crutchlow
“I’m looking forward to this weekend, the first of the three flyaway races, and because it’s Honda’s home race it’s one that the whole LCR Honda Team are excited about, me included. As we know, this year the acceleration has been a little difficult, so here we have to try and take advantage of our strong area, which is in the braking zones and the faster corners. I look forward to having a good weekend here in Motegi and hopefully we can bring home a good result to start this run of races well.”
Pull&Bear Aspar Team ready for triple-header
Monday, 10 October 2016 08:34
Eugene Laverty and Yonny Hernández head to Japan for the first of three races in as many weekends and look to improve their performances on the other side of the world
Another season of the MotoGP World Championship is nearing its decisive finish and in just a little over a month's time the 2016 champion will have been crowned. It seems only yesterday that Jorge Lorenzo was celebrating victory under the lights of Qatar but with only four races now remaining Marc Márquez is the man edging closer to the title. Márquez's latest victory at Motorland Aragón edged him another nine points clear at the top of the standings and although his chances of claiming the title are slim at the home of his factory in Japan, where he already claimed his second MotoGP title, there is a chance. The Spaniard would have to repeat his wins there in the 125cc and Moto2 classes and hope that Valentino Rossi scores no more than two points and Jorge Lorenzo fails to finish on the podium. The Twin Ring Motegi, a circuit full of hard acceleration and even harder braking, is ready for 24 laps of action.
The Pull&Bear Aspar Team riders are also ready for three races outside Europe before returning for the team's home round at Valencia, as they target a return to the form that has seen them both regularly in the points earlier in the season. Eugene Laverty has been outside the top ten for the past three races, making his overall aim for the season more difficult. The Irishman is now thirteen points adrift of the top ten in the championship with four races remaining to close the gap. Yonny Hernández and his crew have work to do over these next races as they attempt to get more life out of the tyres over the final few laps to allow the Colombian to fight for more points.
Eugene Laverty: “I am not happy with the results over the past few races, we haven't picked up enough points and I think we have much more potential. We need to start improving and getting back to where we have proved we can be. We have four races left until the end of the season and we want to get the maximum we can out of them. The changes we have made to the bike over the last few rounds have improved its performance under braking and Motegi is all about hard braking so I think we can be strong there.”
Yonny Hernández: “Generally speaking the Grand Prix of Japan usually takes place in difficult conditions like rain, the weather is variable… Even so, I like the Twin Ring Motegi circuit, I like the corners and the hard-braking. Also we saw at Aragón that when we have grip we can be competitive. We have taken a step forward in the past two races and I hope to continue like this but we know that we have to keep working to make sure the tyre lasts until the final few laps. It is an issue we need to solve.”
Michelin heads to the land of the rising sun as Japan signals the start of the long-haul races
Michelin is on the way to the Far East as it travels to Motegi for the Motul Grand Prix of Japan and round 15 of the MotoGP™ Championship for a race that signals the first of a triple-header of long-haul races over three weekends.
Japan, Australia and Malaysia await Michelin on the tour, with the 4,801m Twin Ring Motegi track being the first venue to welcome the French tyre specialists. The Japanese circuit features hard-braking zones and many acceleration sectors over its technical and medium abrasive surface that will certainly give a thorough and intensive test to the MICHELIN Power Slicks. With the increased braking and acceleration needed, the centre of the tyres will be the most important aspect of the rubber and Michelin will be supplying tyres to manage the circuit’s layout and also cope with the lower temperatures that can be expected at this time of the year. For the front the choice will be the soft (white band), medium (no band) and hard (yellow band) compounds, whilst the rears will be soft (white band) and medium (no band) versions both featuring an asymmetric design with a harder right-hand shoulder. With rain always a threat in Japan in October, Michelin will have the soft full wet (blue band) and medium wet (no band) for both the front and rear, along with the Intermediate front and rear tyres (silver band) for any changeable conditions.
The Twin Ring Motegi circuit is located approximately three hours’ drive north of Tokyo, between the cities of Mito and Utsunomiya. The circuit was opened in 1997 and joined the MotoGP calendar in 1999. It features six left-hand corners and eight right-hand ones over its technical layout, including the perfectly-named 90-degree corner, which is a top-speed downhill run into a hard braking right-hander. This turn, along with others on the layout, will put the front tyre under intense stress as the stability that is needed from the huge stopping power of a MotoGP bike is fundamental through these corners to give the riders the best handling and braking performance from their respective machines.
Round 15 will get underway on Friday 14th October when Michelin and the MotoGP field will take to the track for two Free Practice sessions. Qualifying for the 24-lap race will take place on Saturday afternoon to decide grid positions. The lights will then change to go and signal the start of the race at 14.00hrs local time (07.00CEST, 06.00BST, 05.00UTC) on Sunday 16th October.
Piero Taramasso – Manager of the Two-Wheel Motorsport Group:
“Motegi signals the start of three very intense weeks where we will travel to Japan, Australia and Malaysia. All three of these races bring their own individual challenges, but also a huge logistical task. We will need to have over 4,000 tyres available for the three races, so to make this happen we have had to send some by sea and the rest will be air-freighted to each venue in readiness for the races.
“The track at Motegi is a really technical circuit with a medium abrasive surface that gives good grip levels. It has some very hard-braking zones and acceleration areas that all create intense stresses on the middle of the tyre. To cope with this we have taken a range of tyres that we believe will cope with the stability that is needed for heavy braking. We have not had much testing at Motegi with the GP riders, so we will be working with our usual detailed process with each and every team and rider to make sure they are in the best position for Sunday.”