The Repsol Honda Team arrive in Motegi, the first in a challenging three-race back-to-back flyaway stint and Honda’s home Grand Prix, having achieved a fantastic 1-2 result at the Aragon Grand Prix. Marquez’s powerful win at his home race extended his Championship lead to 16 points over nearest rival Andrea Dovizioso and 28 over Maverick Viñales in third place, while Pedrosa’s close second-place finish on home turf put him fourth, 54 points back.
Marc and Dani have both enjoyed brilliant results at the Twin Ring Motegi circuit and are the only riders on the current MotoGP grid that have managed to win at Motegi in all three classes.
Marc has also clinched two of his MotoGP World titles there, in 2014 and last year, when he also took his first MotoGP win at the circuit. With five victories across all classes, Dani is the most successful rider at Twin Ring Motegi, despite having to retire from last year’s round after he was injured in a heavy crash during FP2.
Honda, with 8 wins, is the constructor with the most wins at Motegi, followed by Yamaha and Ducati, with 3 wins, respectively.
The Twin Ring Motegi circuit also celebrates a special milestone this year, which is the 20th anniversary of its opening.
At the Twin Ring Motegi circuit
Marc Marquez has 3 wins—1×125 (2010), 1xMoto2 (2012), 1xMotoGP (2016)—plus 3 podiums and 2 pole positions.
Dani Pedrosa has 5 wins—1×125 (2002), 1×250 (2004), 3xMotoGP (2011, 2012, 2015)—plus an additional 5 podiums and 4 pole positions.