Posted: 22 Oct 2013
After last week’s drama at Phillip Island, MotoGP Race Direction were probably hoping for a quiet one this weekend at Motegi. Although that might not happen, as a Typhoon is currently heading in the direction of the Japanese circuit...
Should the racing actually go ahead, it’s largely expected it will be wet – which could add a few spanners to the works in the case of the championship. After his disqualification in Australia, Marquez leads Lorenzo by just eighteen points, meaning Marquez must beat Lorenzo by seven points (i.e. Marquez win, Lorenzo finish third) to take the title.
The last race we had this year was back in Le Mans, where Pedrosa dominated and Marquez fought his way back from an awful start to find himself on the podium. So, we know the youngster can hold himself in difficult conditions but the Phillip Island result will have done nothing but make Lorenzo want it even more. A wet circuit would erase Yamaha’s braking disadvantage and put Lorenzo in prime position. Lorenzo hasn’t won at Motegi since 2009, his only win at the circuit as the last three years have been dominated by Honda with Casey Stoner and Dani Pedrosa.
It could well be a titanic race, if it doesn’t get cancelled…
In Moto2, Scott Redding returns just a week after breaking his wrist in qualifying at Phillip Island with the intention of keeping himself within a chance of the championship while in Moto3 the battle heats up between Salom, Rins and Vinales.