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First stop Motegi on MotoGP´s Pacific tour

First stop Motegi on MotoGP´s Pacific tour

The MotoGP World Championship has arrived at the Twin Ring Motegi circuit for the fifteenth Grand Prix of the 2008 season this weekend in Japan.

Following the novelty of a first ever visit to Indianapolis last time out the World Championship calls in on a more traditional venue this weekend as the tenth anniversary of MotoGP racing at Motegi is celebrated with the A-Style Grand Prix of Japan.

The weekend should see the 2009 rider line-up picture become a lot clearer as Honda announce their factory and satellite plans for the coming season - at the circuit which HRC calls home.

In more immediate terms, preliminary events on Thursday will see Valentino Rossi (Fiat Yamaha), Loris Capirossi (Rizla Suzuki), Toni Elias (Alice Team), John Hopkins (Kawasaki Racing) and Randy de Puniet (LCR Honda) representing each of the five different manufacturers in the premier class in the traditional pre-event press conference.

Rossi will be looking forward to a weekend on which he has every chance of confirming a sixth MotoGP World title, having last tasted championship glory in 2005.

In celebration of their home Grand Prix, meanwhile, HRC will host a minibikes race at the Motegi karting track on Thursday morning with the likes of Shinya Nakano (San Carlo Honda Gresini) and Yuki Takahashi (Jir Team Scott) presenting the Honda NSF100 minimoto, which is used in various junior racing competitions.


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