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The home of Yamaha, Honda and Suzuki – three major players in the motorcycle engine game – MotoGP hosts a homecoming of sorts for these teams enshrined in the history of motorsport. A Japanese bike has carried riders to World Championships every year bar one since 1975, and they have enjoyed continued success at Motegi over the decades.
The Twin Ring Motegi is a unique one on the MotoGP calendar, posing a series of stop-start hairpins for the riders to navigate. That makes it a technical course characterised by dramatic changes in speed, but offering plenty of overtaking opportunities. It’ll pose a challenge to the up-and-coming riders of Moto2 and Moto3 too, with both support series in action throughout the weekend.
Any trip to Japan is a memorable one, but that’s especially true of this unique part of the world. A beautiful, rural part of the country contrasts the vast metropolis of nearby Tokyo, which is just two-and-a-half hours by the efficient rail network. Fans can sample the bright lights of the capital, while experiencing authentic, serene Japanese beauty.