Mixing it up in Motegi: <b>MotoGP lands in Japan!</b>

Mixing it up in Motegi: MotoGP lands in Japan!

Our MotoGP riders have packed their bikes and bags after a busy weekend in Thailand. Now, they’re heading to Japan to battle it out on the Twin Ring Motegi circuit.
10-17-2018
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About MOTEGI

Owned by Honda, the “Twin Ring Motegi” circuit is known as a dual-purpose facility. Next to the 4.8-kilometer road course - one that has welcomed the MotoGP circus since the beginning of this century - it also houses an oval circuit on the same premises. From start to finish, a 24-lap-scrap will decide who will take home the crown on the 14-turn track, and with a third place finish for one of our REV’IT! riders last year, we cannot be anything but excited for this year’s Japanese GP.

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Qualifying second and bringing it home in third place at last year’s race in Japan, Danilo Petrucci is aiming to add another podium to his tally after being close on several occasions since finishing second in this year’s French GP. Fellow REV’IT! rider, Álvaro Bautista, comes from being a regular top-10 contender, and looks to turn last year’s DNF in Japan into a solid result this time around.

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#9 Danilo Petrucci

THAILAND RESULT: P9

“It was a pretty difficult race for me. Unfortunately, starting from the third row made it quite hard, especially in the first laps. With this temperature, it was important to manage the race but I always had to push. In the end, I managed to pass both Iannone and Jack but I lost some points on Zarco and Crutchlow in the battle for top independent rider. The goal for Japan? The first thing is to have a good qualifying.”

Petrucci ready for Motegi

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#19 Álvaro Bautista
THAILAND RESULT: P8

“We finished in Thailand with an eighth place, and just six seconds down from the winner, which is more important. It was about the start, when I touched with Morbidelli a few times and lost a lot of ground. For the rest of the race, our lap times were competitive so let’s see if we can keep this going in the next races. Along with the team, we made a step forward in Aragón, and also here, with some fine tuning of the set-up, but we don’t have many more cards up our sleeve. To finish in the top ten is already a good result, so let’s see what the next few races bring.”

Bautista ready for Motegi
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If anything, Thailand showed that our RW Racing duo can put up a great fight when competing on equal terms. Racing on a new track where nobody can work with previous data reshuffled the cards for the entire field, and both Steven and Joe showed a strong pace throughout the weekend.

For Japan, it’s a different story; Joe has no previous experience at Motegi although his appearance at the Suzuka 8 hour race has seen him become a crowd favorite in Japan. Steven’s experience at the track dates back to 2013, when he turned a challenging 32nd position on the grid into a solid P19 on his first ever appearance at Motegi.


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#16 Joe Roberts
THAILAND RESULT: P13

“Yeah, what a fantastic race for us, really. It is the best race result of the whole season which is so amazing to achieve that. Honestly, we achieved it because of the first two laps as I got a good start and passed a lot of people so, we were right there. The whole NTS RW team gave me such a great bike this weekend and they have been working and working to give me a really good feeling, we found out this weekend. I’m so happy that we got this result and we can be back in the points where we belong. It’s also nice to know that we can do it, as well as to know where we need to improve. Therefore, I’m really looking forward to the home grand prix of NTS to give them another top 15 finish.”

Roberts ready for Motegi

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#4 Steven Odendaal
THAILAND RESULT: P23

“I made a decent start and we managed to get in a nice group immediately which was perfect. But then, unfortunately, I lost the front in turn-two when I tried to pass someone. I’m sorry for the team but mistakes like these happen. At least we could gain some race experience because I was able to re-join and bring it back home. Anyway, it was a positive weekend for us and I think we can make another step in Japan.”

Odendaal ready for Motegi
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Not many riders will put their bike on P2 on the grid with a severe shoulder injury, but that was exactly what Jaume Masiá did in Thailand, claiming his third front row start of the season. Once again showing his potential, despite not being able to transform it into the desired race result due to his sustained injury. It’s all eyes are on Japan now, and our Moto3 youngster is as eager as ever to learn quickly and ride even quicker on his way to yet another result.


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#5 Jaume Masiá
THAILAND RESULT: P17

“To be honest, I am quite disappointed with the race because I expected much more, but it felt like the impossible. I tried my best but unfortunately, this race, I couldn’t make it happen. Now it’s face-up and I am looking forward for Japan. Thanks to my team who always fight with me and always give me a great bike to race!”

Masiá ready for Motegi

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