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Japanese duo confirmed for Motegi wildcard spots

Japanese duo confirmed for Motegi wildcard spots

Japanese duo confirmed for Motegi wildcard spots

In addition to the usual 19 man field, the premier class will see the first wildcard riders of the year take to the track for the A-Style Grand Prix of Japan on September 24th. The addition of two MotoGP test riders for the race has already been confirmed for the race in the land of the rising sun.

Naoki Matsudo, test rider for Kawasaki, informed of his taking part in the race exclusively this week.

"My participation in the A-Style Grand Prix of Japan has been confirmed, and I will wear my usual number 8 design. This year I have been involved in the development of the 990cc, doing everything possible to help Shinya Nakano and Randy de Puniet."

Matsudo has competed twice this year, in the Suzuka 300km and the Suzuka 8hrs races, but acknowledges that there will be a difficult transition for his premier class appearance.

"Of course, MotoGP races are different. However, I have ridden a lot and have gained a wealth of experience onboard this bike. I will be looking to get the best out of both myself and the bike."

The Japanese rider has been developing the Ninja ZR-RR at Kawasaki's Autopolis circuit nearly every other week this year.

Rizla Suzuki MotoGP Test Rider Kousuke Akiyoshi recently completed a thorough test of the 2006 Suzuki GSV-R to prepare himself for his wild-card ride.

Team Yoshimura Suzuki racer Akiyoshi, currently racing a Suzuki GSX-R1000 in the All Japan Superbike Championship, will be making his MotoGP debut at the famous Twin Ring Motegi circuit. The 31-year-old will certainly be looking to use home advantage as he sets about the task of battling with the top riders in the world.

Akiyoshi was joined by fellow Test Rider Nobuatsu Aoki, with the pair completing a number of laps of the 4,801m long Motegi circuit to find the best set-up for their respective bikes.

MotoGP, 2006

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