Alex Rins and Alex Marquez fully focused for Japanese GP at Motegi
The Japanese GP at Twin Ring Motegi, the home of Honda, is the venue for this weekend’s race – the penultimate round of the 2013 season.
In the Moto3 class, the title battle has been heated up by a sixth win of the season for Alex Rins. The Repsol rider has taken 13 podium finishes this season and is just 5 points behind series leader Luis Salom. Alex Marquez will be after a return to the podium, which he just missed out on last weekend on the final lap.
“Motegi is a very nice track and very different. We are closing in on the lead of the standings, but we won’t be getting out the calculator and will be focused on taking things race by race. It will be important once again to be fast right from the first practice session. At the last two races we have had problems finding our best setup, so we shall see if we can be comfortable from the start. Last year I didn’t go badly at Motegi, but we shall see how it goes this season. We had a different bike last year and it isn’t really a reference, because at some rounds we have had things easier or more difficult than then. We shall see.”
“We’re going to a stop and go circuit, so we shall need a special setup to give us good stability on corner entry. Last season we didn’t have our best weekend in Japan, but neither did we in Australia and Malaysia, and this year we were a lot better at those tracks. We shall have to be very focused from the first practice onwards, trying to keep the good feeling that we have found again with the bike. This makes us highly motivated and I hope to have recovered a little more physically, to be able to have a good race.”
Source: Repsol Media