Repsol Honda Team begin flyaways in Japan

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Marc Márquez and Pol Espargaró will travel to Motegi this week to compete in the Japanese Grand Prix, the first of four rounds that will be held in Asia and Oceania.

Repsol Honda Team begin flyaways in Japan

Following on from the Aragon Grand Prix held last Sunday, the MotoGP World Championship heads to Asia this weekend. The Japanese Grand Prix kicks off the flyaway rounds of the series, in which there will be races in Japan, Thailand, Australia and Malaysia over the next few weeks – with a week’s break between the second and third events.

Marc Márquez arrives at the Twin Ring Motegi circuit with the aim of completing his first race since a fourth operation he underwent at the beginning of June. The Repsol Honda Team rider was unable to complete the first lap at Motorland Aragón and hopes to have a smoother weekend in Japan.

At this circuit, the home Grand Prix for Honda HRC, Márquez has achieved 9 podium finishes -1 win in 125cc, 1 win and a second place in Moto2 and 3 wins and 3 second places in MotoGP.

Pol Espargaró aims to continue scoring points. The Repsol Honda Team rider has also been on the Motegi podium before, with a third place in 125cc and a second place and a victory in Moto2 -which helped him to become Moto2 World Champion in 2013.

Rider Statements


“I am really excited to come back to Japan, it is Honda’s home race, it’s a fun circuit and the fans are always incredible. In Motegi you can get all kinds of weather so we will have to pay attention to what is happening. Also with the change in schedule it will be a very intense two and a half days, but I am feeling good physically after Aragon. Let’s enjoy a weekend back in Japan and keep working in our way to a full recovery and the bike development.”


“We had a hard weekend in Aragon but heading to Honda’s home, seeing the factory and being reunited with the Japanese fans gives us an extra boost for sure. The atmosphere is always incredible in Japan so I want to keep working hard to put on a good show for everyone who supports us. For me it’s also a special track because in 2013 I won my Moto2 World Championship there. Let’s make more good memories there this year.”

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