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Sep 30, 2010

The Final Round Of Previews Of This Coming Weekend's Japanese Grand Prix At Motegi

The JiR Team gets ready for the long Far Eastern transfer of three race weekends in a row. We start on Sunday October 3rd with the GP of Motegi, this is the replacement date which was cancelled at the beginning of the season. This is an important appointment for the Team as it is very close to the chassis supplier TSR that for this round will give a further riding opportunity to development rider Yusuke Teshima. Both riders, Simone Corsi and Alex De Angelis have trained hard for this long time away and are anxious to take some good results before the end of the season.

Simone Corsi
"I'm expecting three very intense weeks, also ones that have a strong influence on the end of the season. There are only five races left and we need to 'shoot all our bullets on target'. I feel good the continuous progression we registered lately gives me hope. Besides, here in Motegi we will have the chance of sharing information with TSR's technicians. We've done a good job so far, we only need to climb the two missing podium steps."

Alex De Angelis
"I'm happy for how things are proceeding: I have good relations with the team and I have managed to establish a good feeling with the MotoBI since the very beginning, we only missed a little bit of luck. I still need to ride more to be able to give direction to the team. I need to try all the different combinations that I'm missing and that I'm sure could help give us some improvements, this is why here in Motegi we will continue with little set-up modifications. We all will try our best, I'm sure of this."

More, from a press release issued by Blusens-STX:


Motegi, 30th September 2010. This weekend sees the start of a long Asian journey for those competing in the Moto GP Championships for the Japanese Grand Prix, on the Motegi circuit. This new date in the World Championship diary the thirteenth for 125cc and Moto2 categories reverts to the traditional format of trainings as in the 2009 season. So far, just after the trials fifteen days ago in Aragon, a second free session was added on Friday; this will not be withdrawn till the Portugal Grand Prix.

Tito Rabat is participating in Motegi with the aim to achieve his best result on this route, which he needs if he is to come fifth in the general session. He has only completed two out of four encounters in total (he came twelfth in 2006 and thirteenth in 2009); therefore, if he wants to carry on the fight, he must do his best here. Last year, for the first time, the Blusens-STX rider won first row in Motegi's starting grid and scored the fourth lowest time-trial. But an odd race, under difficult conditions, did not allow him to fight for the top positions. He now has the opportunity to settle scores and continue the lucky streak of his last five GGPP in which he mounted the podium, and took fourth, fifth and two seventh positions.

Yonny Hernandez, in Moto2, has been recovering for the last ten days from a sprained left ankle, when he fell down during the first bend at the Aragon GP. The Colombian rider hopes that this will not deter him from reaching his target (he has made it seven times out of twelve) as he did not make it in MotorLand. He wants to fight to make it as far ahead as possible in the Championship finals classification.

Mashel Al Naimi fell as well at the Aragon GP and is recovering from heavy back pain and a sprained right hand. The Qatari rider thinks that although he has scant knowledge of the Japanese circuit and some physical problems, this will not stop him from having a satifactgory GP and from the race, especially after being unable to finish in MotorLand.

12. TITO RABAT: "I am extremely enthusiastic about the next three races in Asia and I want to get it right, as at the end of the season we go for our final classification in the general trials, where, for the first time in my life, I aim to be among the top five. Japan and Australia are amongst my favourite circuits, despite the fact that I have never had great results in Japan. If I want to be amongst the top, I have to improve on my previous performances at Motegi. Last year I was positioned in the first starting grid line for the very first time and I am approaching this GP from this standpoint, along with the good feelings I have for this circuit. The weather forecast of slight rain for Saturday and a bit heavier for Sunday is not good. Last year, on the Sunday, we had to ride on both wet and dry tracks and it ruined all the work we did during the weekend. I prefer competing on dry surfaces."

68. YONNY HERNANDEZ: "I had a hard time after the Grand Prix of Aragon due to the sprain I had when I fell. It hurts a lot and I had to use crutches until Monday. I have going for physiotherapy everyday to enable a swift recovery, but my ankle is still swollen. Despite that, I do look forward to riding again. I only know a few things about the Japanese circuit of Motegi, it has severe braking and a long straight run at the end. I hope to handle it well. I like the idea of having an extra free practice on Friday as I found the two sessions at MotorLand too short. With this extra one I will get to know the route better."

95 MASHEL AL NAIMI: "I am still suffering a bit from my fall at the Aragon Grand Prix. The day after, I had severe back pain and a sprained wrist. I have been going for physio sessions and resting. I have not been able to train but I feel better and hope to ride tomorrow without discomfort, although I am not 100%. I hope this will not prevent us having a good weekend and that we can reach our target to finish the race. Especially now, in the second part of the season where there is some irregularity in our riding (with one fall and one quit out of four races) compared to the first part where I finished every race (at the exception of Sachsenring, when I quitted). What I know about the Japanese circuit is through videos and I am aware of its difficulty, but sometimes the more difficult it is the better we ride."

More, from a press release issued by FTR MOTO:


FTR MOTO is looking to repeat its success of the previous round when its Moto2 riders take to the Motegi circuit in Japan for this weekend's 13th round of the World Championship.

FIMMCO Speed Up Team riders Andrea Iannone and Gabor Talmacsi were both on the podium in Aragon, Spain two weeks ago with Italian Iannone securing a sensational victory, adding to his wins in Italy and Holland to sit in third place in the Championship.

Talmacsi's third place and first podium finish of the year was reward for the Hungarian rider's consistency in the inaugural Moto2 World Championship having finished all but one of the 12 races and having taken top 10 finishes on nine occasions. Talmacsi's Aragon result also fired him into sixth place in the World Championship points standings.

Alex Debon will be hoping to improve on his 12th place in the World Championship aboard his Aeroport de Castello-Ajo Team M210 after starting the 2010 campaign in fine style with a podium finish in Qatar.

Cardion AB Motoracing Team rider Karel Abraham goes into the next three back to back rounds in Japan, Malaysia and Australia looking to recapture the form on his M210 that took him to fourth and fifth place finishes in Catalunya and Germany respectively.

While its riders challenge for success in Motegi, FTR Moto's engineers are currently preparing the 2011 version of their rolling chassis that has proved such a success in 2010. The current model already features recent improvements to the aluminium twin spar design, new triple clamps and an interim fuel tank and seat unit.

"We're pretty conscious of just how quickly the FTR teams will want to be testing the M211 once the 2010 season is finished so we're busy preparing for that right now," said FTR director Steve Bones. "We've collected masses of data from 2010 and are able to target the general areas of improvement and those specific to our teams.

Bones continued: "The 2011 season is already looking promising and there's definitely a buzz about Moto2 in other areas of the sport and it would appear that the class will become common in national championships worldwide in the near future."