In Japan with time to adapt


The Asia-Oceania triple-header is starting in Japan, and I’m sure it will play an important role in the outcome of the championship. This week, we race on Honda’s home turf in Motegi. I really like this track, even though we have never achieved great results on it. On the other hand, I’ll always treasure the memory of 2014, when I won my second MotoGP world title there. What a great joy!

I am writing to you from Japan, where we arrived a few days in advance — partially to minimize the effects of jet lag, but also because we have a number of events to attend. We’ll be visiting Honda’s headquarters in Tokyo and yesterday I had a dinner with our friends from Shoei. One of the great things about coming to Japan is the opportunity to enjoy its cuisine.

Today we’ll go straight to Motegi, where we’ll start racing on Friday. We’ll try to make the most of our practise rounds, which will be very important for the race. Finding the right set-up will be key for a GP that will be very evenly balanced.

I know that, for many of you and for my friends in Cervera, it will be 7 a.m. by the time the race starts on Sunday. So, let me say thanks in advance to all of you who will be waking up early to watch the race.

Question of the week, from Michelle
Hi, Marc. At which circuit of the Asian tour do you think you’ll be more at ease?

Hey, Michelle.
I think it will be at Phillip Island. Not only because it’s one of my favourite circuits, but it’s also one where I’ve always been fast. Plus, with those ocean views, it’s hard not to be at ease!

Best wishes,
Marc Márquez.