Espargaro heads to Japan with title possibilities

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Wednesday, 23 October 2013

Tuenti HP 40’s Pol Espargaro has the opportunity to win the Moto2™ World Championship this weekend at the AirAsia Grand Prix of Japan in Motegi, if he comes away with a 25-point lead over closest challenger Scott Redding.

Marc VDS Racing Team’s Redding looks set to miss the race due to a fractured left wrist, sustained in qualifying for the Australian GP, and unfortunately won’t be able to fight it out with Espargaro on-track. The Spaniard’s teammate Tito Rabat, however, may be able to challenge despite finishing eighth last time out at Phillip Island.

Interwetten Paddock Moto2 Racing’s Tom Luthi and Mapfre Aspar Team Moto2’s Jordi Torres both made it onto the podium in the previous round and will be ones to watch, whilst Marc VDS’ Mika Kallio will have recovered further from his crash over the weekend to be a podium contender once more. Technomag carXpert’s Dominique Aegerter a continual threat, whilst local boy Takaaki Nakagami, with the Italtrans Racing Team, will be hoping for a much-improved weekend over last.

Other local riders will include wildcard Kohta Nozane with Webike Team Norick NTS and Tetsuta Nagashima as a substitute for Mike di Meglio in the JiR Moto2 team. There will be one other wildcard taking part in the form of Thailand’s Decha Kraisart with the Singha Eneos Yamaha Tech3 team.

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