Motegi – First match point for Marc Marquez. The Motegi GP is the first of three races in the East. Here the Spaniard might already become world champion for the third time in his career. Marquez will win the race, Valentino will not arrive 15th and Lorenzo will not go on the podium. It seems impossible, but during the 2016 World Championship it’s possible.
Motegi, No victories for Marquez in MotoGP
Marquez has never won in Motegi. He was second twice (in 2013 and 2014) and fourth last year. However, he won twice. In 125cc and Moto2. It is easy that the Honda pilot can manage only the big advantage. +52 on Rossi and +66 on Lorenzo. Therefore, Dani Pedrosa can be the surprise. In fact, the other Spanish of Honda in Motegi won three times already (2011, 2012 and 2015) and climbed often on the podium.
Motegi, a Race was not lucky for Rossi
Yamaha riders must win. Rossi and Lorenzo hope even in the title, but the battle is really hard. Valentino won once at Motegi, while in Suzuka won three times. While Jorge won three times in 2009, 2013 and 2014. Famous is the hard 2010 duel with Rossi, when the Spaniard finished fourth. Instead, the Ducati won four times at Motegi. Three with Capirossi and one with Stoner. But today it seems that the Italian brand isn’t too good, after the big win in Austria by Andrea Iannone. The Italian rider will not race. Because the pilot is still injured. The Ducati Team Rider underwent last week to a series of tests that showed the almost total absorption of the edema and the beginning of the process of calcification at the 3rd vertebra. We’ll see him in Australia again.
Even it is the home race for Suzuki. Maverick Vinales and Aleix Espargaro will try to surprise the “big” teams. Might become rather leading the other outsiders, like Cal, or the satellite teams. Especially if the weather were to become unbalanced.