Repsol Honda Team Head To Home To Motegi Looking For Strong Result
This week the Repsol Honda Team will head to Honda's home circuit in Motegi hoping to put behind them last week's black flag incident involving Championship leader Marc Marquez. Second place Australia GP finisher, Dani Pedrosa, will be hoping to continue his run of success at the Twin Ring Motegi, having won there the past two seasons.
Located amongst the vast natural beauty of the northern Kanto district, Twin Ring Motegi is a major attraction for motorsports fans all year round as it is the venue for the Honda Collection Hall, a museum which houses an illustrious collection of motorcycle, car and racing machines from throughout the ages.
Dani has enjoyed three victories (2012, 2011 MotoGP, 2004 250cc), one 2nd place (2005 250cc) and two 3rd positions (2009, 2008 MotoGP). Marc has also won twice (2012 Moto2, 2010 125cc) and taken a 2nd place (2011 Moto2).
Marc Marquez Championship Standing: 1st - 298 points
â€śObviously I'm disappointed after Phillip Island, but these things can happen. The important thing is that once again, we showed we were there for the fight and were competitive. Now we must put it behind us and concentrate on Motegi. Track conditions can vary quite a lot and we will work hard on the set up in terms of the hard acceleration and braking, which is an area we have improved now. We will work hard from the beginning, following our normal programme and push 100% to recover after Australia"
Dani Pedrosa Championship Standing: 3rd - 264 points
"It was a strange race in Australia, but I'm really pleased with my team who did a great job and we took a good second place. I always look forward to going to Motegi, it's a big race for Honda and I enjoy the track. It's the final race of three fly away races and we're all tired, so it's important to keep the concentration. The track has a lot of strong braking and accelerating and we must find a good set up for the braking stability and to get good traction out of the corners"
Rider Statistics - Marc Marquez
Racing number 93
Race machine Honda RC213V
Date of birth February 17, 1993
Birthplace Lleida, (Catalonia) - Spain
Hobbies Mountain Biking, Video games
Grand Prix debut 2008, 125cc Portugal GP, Estoril
First GP win 2010, 125cc Italian GP, Mugello
GP wins 32: 10 x 125cc, 16 x Moto2, 6 x MotoGP
GP podiums 53: 14 x 125cc, 25 x Moto2, 14 x MotoGP
GP pole positions 36: 14 x 125cc, 14 x Moto2, 8 x MotoGP
World Championships 2: 1 x 125cc (2010), 1 x Moto2 (2012)
Previous results in Japan 2012 1st (Moto2), 2011 2nd (Moto2), 2010 1st (125cc), 2009 5th (Moto2), 2008 DNF (125cc)
Rider Statistics - Dani Pedrosa
Racing number 26
Race machine Honda RC213V
Date of birth September 29, 1985
Birthplace Sabadell - Spain
Hobbies Cycling, Music
Grand Prix debut 2001, 125cc Japanese Grand Prix, Suzuka
First GP win 2002, 125cc Dutch Grand Prix, Assen
GP wins 49: 8 x 125cc, 15 x 250cc, 25 x MotoGP
GP podiums 123: 17 x 125cc, 24 x 250cc, 82 x MotoGP
GP pole positions 44: 9 x 125cc, 9 x 250cc, 26 x MotoGP
World Championships 3: 1 x 125cc (2003); 2 x 250cc (2004, 2005)
Previous results in Japan 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)