Not only is the trio fighting for the title (Here is the data). On the eve of the first free training sessions in Japan, there is also room Enea BastianiniAnd the Marc Marquez e Takaaki Nakagami. First released after some struggles mid-season, number 93 is instead looking for the best physical shape, still a long way off. Instead, the Japanese gave LCR a sore hand after the explosion a few days earlier in Aragon. Will he be able to complete his GP at home? Meanwhile, he has the race approval, but will be checked again after the first free practice.
The Gresini-Ducati racer continues to appear, the protagonist in the season finale that is still very open regarding the championship. Behind the victory in Aragon, we are now back to compete in Motegi. “Nice track, with several important braking sections that I like a lot. But I didn’t race there with MotoGP so Friday will be good to learn. Since 2019 the bikes have changed a lot and that can change the cards, but I don’t know if these are advantage for me over others.” What if it rains? “I’m not quick to get wet” He confessed. At the level of possibility to think of the title, “I would say there are quite a few… I haven’t lost yet, but let’s look to the future, now it is important that we continue like Aragon and Misano, I always think of doing my best to finish the season with the best possible position.” Regarding potential team orders, “At the moment I don’t have anything. We will see in the last part of the tournament if anything, at the moment they are not stressing me.” He concluded with a laugh.
The comeback was tough, and the 93rd Repsol Honda didn’t have an easy time. “One thing is a test, another is a doctor.” Note. Now it’s up to Motegi: “For the first time I’m going to put pressure on my right arm so much more, I have to try to manage my physical posture better.” But we still go back to Aragon and to that incident that immediately led to KO, Quartararo and Nakagami. “The goal was to go kilometers and finish the race, but it didn’t last long… Too bad because I didn’t feel bad. We were unlucky, but also lucky, because in the end nothing happened in this situation. Now we have to think about the next races, starting with Motegi : This is going to be one of our must-try circuits, thinking about 2023.” At the level of physical recovery, “At the moment I’m lacking the muscle to maintain my style for more laps, we plan to get there in the next races.”
The LCR Honda rider is the one who is most accused of the accident in Aragon. And his right hand, performed later on Monday, is clearly not in good shape. “In a few days it is impossible to recover” Nakagami admitted. He didn’t want us to see his first GP at home since 2019… “It will be a very difficult event. I got eligibility for the first free practice, and then after that session we will do other checks and see if I can continue or not.” Then, returning to the accident, driver number 30 “defends” his fellow brand. I tried to avoid it, but it wasn’t possible. We were unlucky, but I never thought I would blame or get angry with Mark, it was just a racing accident. Thank God, the other riders managed to dodge! “ This weekend, he’ll have his new KALEX swingarm at his disposal. “I’m not sure it helps given my situation” Nakagami admitted. “I don’t know if I need it, we’ll see in the next few days.”