On Sunday (September 25), we are heading onto home turf for Yamaha, Honda and Suzuki as there is plenty at stake in the Motul Grand Prix of Japan, which bigins at 3pm local time (11.30am IST).
The JapanGP threw up plenty of talking points, with two pre-event press conferences. The first was the three riders split by just 17 points — Quartararo (Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP), Bagnaia (Ducati Lenovo Team) and Espargaro (Aprilia Racing), before the second saw MotorLand winner Enea Bastianini (Gresini Racing MotoGP) joined by eight-time world champion across all classes Marquez (Repsol Honda Team) and home hero Takaaki Nakagami (LCR Honda Idemitsu).
Earlier, a small rendezvous and enjoying some Japanese traditions in Tokyo were on the menu for Bastianini and home heroes Tetsuta Nagashima (Team HRC), Ai Ogura (Idemitsu Honda Team Asia), Ayumu Sasaki (Sterilgarda Husqvarna Max), Tatsuki Suzuki (Leopard Racing), Kaito Toba (CIP Green Power), Ryusei Yamanaka (MT Helmets – MSI) and Taiyo Furusato (Honda Team Asia) on their way to the Twin Ring Motegi for the Japan GP this weekend.
The first port of call was a spot of lunch as Bastianini, Nagashima, Toba and Yamanaka got stuck into some wonderfully prepared sushi in Tokyo’s Ginza district before heading off on a short walk to Ginza Motoji – a beautiful Kimono shop.
There, Ogura, Sasaki and Furusato joined their counterparts to get fitted into traditional Japanese Kimonos. The eight stars – freshly donned in their exquisite new outfits – then walked to the stunning Kabuki theatre for some sightseeing, before Nagashima, Sasaki, Toba and Yamanaka paid a visit to Matsuzaki Shoten – a famous Rice Cracker shop in Ginza – to cap off a fantastic couple of hours in Tokyo.
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