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After a fantastic victory by Jorge Lorenzo at Aragon last time out, the Movistar Yamaha MotoGP team are ready for the tripleheader of ‘flyaway’ races, starting in Japan this weekend.
Though Lorenzo’s colleague Valentino Rossi suffered a knock to the head in his crash at Aragon, the nine-time World Champion escaped serious injury and is expected to compete at Motegi without any physical problems.
This coming weekend he will make it his mission to fight with the frontrunners. Rossi has been successful at this track numerous times before. In the premier class he has been victorious at the Motegi circuit in 2001 and 2008, scored second place in 2000, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2006 and 2009 and achieved third place in 2010.
Rossi commented, “Aragon was a very difficult race weekend but there were also many positive aspects. First, the bike was really ok on Sunday. I immediately felt good on the bike as soon as I arrived on the grid. In the first laps I was able to make good overtakes and stay with the top three riders. My team did a really good job. Another positive thing is that I have not injured anything, apart from the big headache the following few days.”
“I feel very well now and I look forward to the tripleheader overseas races because I am feeling better and better on the bike and the team are working really well. The fight for second place is getting interesting, we will try to achieve the best result possible. Motegi is not one of my favorite tracks but also Aragon was not and still we went very well. We will see. It's Yamaha's home GP and we will do our best to get a good result!”
After a great weekend at Aragon, Rossi’s teammate Lorenzo is also thrilled to return to the Japanese track. He will aim for another spectacular victory like last year’s perfect performance. Over the last six years, the Spaniard has climbed the Motegi podium four times, winning the Japanese GP in 2009 and 2013 and finishing in second place in 2011 and 2012.
The Spaniard commented, “First of all I would say it was a fantastic feeling to win at home in Aragon. We were able to manage a difficult race and taste the first victory of the 2014 season, which was amazing after a disappointing start. We solved many problems during the weekend and did a great job on Sunday with the whole team.”
“Now we are traveling to Japan, a country I love for many reasons. I have great memories from last year, when we surprised everyone with a huge success in our rival’s home. Last year we won at Motegi and also achieved the 200th victory for Yamaha in front of the two Honda bikes. It was unbelievable! Hopefully we can repeat it this time with another perfect weekend.”
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