Motegi Heralds Final Leg Of 2011 Season
The Motorcycling World Championship is approaching its end, starting the most exciting part of the series, where the titles will be decided and the Repsol riders will play a key role. Casey Stoner, solid leader of the MotoGP category, and Marc MÃƒÂ¡rquez, a firmer contender for the Moto2 title after an amazing recovery, will fight for the World Championship title from next Friday in Motegi, Japan. Beside them, Dani Pedrosa will try to fight again for victory, while Andrea Dovizioso will want to take revenge for his only retirement of the season.
The round will take place at the Motegi track, owned by Honda and where Stoner already won last year. Together with his recent victory in Aragon, the Repsol Honda Team rider has the best background to face the Japanese round, where he will arrive after eight victories this season and a consistency that allowed him to get on the podium in the last 12 races. The Australian rider has a 44-point advantage in the overall standings, just four races before the end of a championship that he has been steadily holding more firmly in his hands.
A World Championship where Andrea Dovizioso and Dani Pedrosa have only a 15-point difference between them in third and fourth position respectively. A year ago, the Japanese Grand Prix was sad for Pedrosa, as a crash in the first practice forced him to retire from the title battle after fracturing his collarbone. Twelve months later, completely recovered and with the most competitive bike of the last seasons, the Repsol rider is, toghether with his Australian team mate, one of the main contenders to victory, after finishing three consecutive times in second position in the last three races. For Dovizioso, always consistent, it will be the chance to forget about his crash in Aragon and get back to the podium, that has avoided him in the last three races.
Casey Looks Ahead To Motegi…
“Motegi is quite a different circuit, it’s similar in a way to Le Mans and is very stop-start, a little like a go kart track, but in general it’s nice and more fun than some of the other circuits we visit. It has a lot of hard breaking, a lot of hard accelerating, it’s pretty tough on the body and physically demanding.
If you miss your breaking points it’s easy to run wide so it will be important to get the set up on the bike just right. As in Aragon, we will be going out there trying to win and not only looking for valuable Championship points.
We had a fantastic race here last year, probably one of my best in my opinion and it will be fun to go there on the Honda and see how the bike works around the circuit”.