First stage will be in the "enemy's lair", in that Motegi that 11 years ago gave the title to Casey Stoner and Ducati. A fast track requiring sudden braking and violent accelerations, and therefore well suited to the features of the D16.
After the fantastic podium in Buriram, Andrea Dovizioso is on his way to Motegi looking for a re-match. In fact, last year Dovi was the author of a masterful race where he got the better of Marquez after a tough battle in the rain. Given how things finished in Thailand Andrea will certainly be looking to come out on top.
For Jorge Lorenzo it's a completely different story. He's arriving in Motegi unsure of whether he'll even be able to compete, due to his physical condition. In fact, after the microfracture in his foot at Aragon, the Spaniard suffered a wrist injury during the Thailand GP training sessions that took him out of the race. So a decision on his fitness for the race will be made on the spot in Japan.
Even though the riders of the Ducati Team will be racing in the Land of the Rising Sun, they will still be able to rely on the support of the many local Ducatistas who will fill the Ducati Grandstand at Motegi. Since Ducati's MotoGP debut in Suzuka in 2003, the red grandstand has always been a fixture at the Japanese race, a beautiful sight to see.
Located in a mountainous area, the Twin Ring Motegi circuit in Japan consists of a 2.5 km banked oval and a classic 4.8 km road course built to international standards. Constructed by Honda as a test facility in August 1997, the road circuit became home to MotoGP in 1999. Twin Ring Motegi, which is around 100 km from Tokyo’s Narita airport and 30 km from Mito, is the venue for the Honda Museum, as well as a safety and riding school, dirt-track and go-kart tracks, a hotel, a restaurant, shops and event halls.Circuit data