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Cool conditions in Japan ahead of round two

Cool conditions in Japan ahead of round two

Friday morning at the Polini Grand Prix of Japan saw clouds over Motegi but a relaxed atmosphere in the MotoGP paddock at the Twin Ring circuit.

With the first free practice sessions at Motegi set to get underway on Friday afternoon the MotoGP paddock was gradually filling up early in the day under cloudy skies at the Far Eastern circuit.

In customary style the 125cc riders will be the first out on track for their opening practice run at 1.05pm, followed by the MotoGP competitors at 2.05pm and the 250cc participants at 3.05pm. Mixed weather reports suggest rain is a distinct possibility over all three days of the Polini Grand Prix of Japan.

Riders such as Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda), Nicky Hayden (Ducati Marlboro) and Sete Gibernau (Grupo Francisco Hernando) will all be ready to test their physical conditions on Friday, as they recover from varying injuries sustained or aggravated early in 2009. All three battled against the pain to complete the first race of the year in Qatar.

In the 250cc category all eyes will be on World Champion Marco Simoncelli who missed the first round of the season due to a right wrist injury suffered in a private training session. The Italian is said to have made good progress with his physio in Italy in recent days and will test his limits on Friday afternoon at the hard-braking Motegi track.

Honda will celebrate their home GP in their 50th season of World Championship participation with various acts over the weekend, including a special dinner on Friday night at the Twin Ring circuit. Throughout the 2009 World Championship all Honda machines will carry a sticker marking their half century of Grand Prix activity.


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