MotoGP: Yamaha 2022 Round 16 Japan GP Preview[]

Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP to challenge Japan GP for the first time in 3 years

After the 15th round of the Aragon GP, ​​Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP left Spain for Japan. Rounds 16 to 19 are “flying races” set in Asia and Oceania, and the first round will be held at Mobility Resort Motegi in Japan. Fabio Quarararo and Franco Morbidelli are keen for an important race in what will be Yamaha’s home GP.

Quartararo, who suffered a scratch on his chest after a fall at the Aragon Grand Prix, has been encouraged by the support of the fans and the engineers at the Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. headquarters. In terms of championship points, he is 10 points ahead of 2nd place in the standings, and will be aiming for the podium again this time. He has only competed in MotoGP once so far, finishing second in 2019.

On the other hand, Morbidelli is only 19th in the standings but is looking forward to a busy but rewarding ‘fly away race’ and will be aiming for a strong return here at Motegi. In 2016, he won 3rd place in Moto2. He has competed in MotoGP twice, with his best finish being 6th in 2019.

Twin Ring Motegi (now Mobility Resort Motegi) was built in 1997 for testing purposes and hosted the first Japanese GP in 1999 and the Pacific GP in 2000. attracted. In 2004, the MotoGP visited the area again, replacing the Suzuka Circuit, and it has maintained its status as a Grand Prix venue ever since. The challenging layout of the 4.8km course with 6 left corners and 8 right corners has seen many exciting battles in the hard braking and acceleration sections.

FP1 is Friday 15:05-16:20. FP2 and FP3 will be on Saturday from 10:50-11:35 and 14:25-14:55 respectively. The qualifying session takes place from 15:05-15:45 on the same day. Warm-up is scheduled for 10:40-11:00 on Sunday, with the final starting at 15:00.

WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP Team leaves for Japan
WithU Yamaha RNF MotoGP Team’s Darin Binder and Cal Crutchlow looking forward to the start of the ‘flying race’ in Japan. The Japanese GP had been canceled for two years due to the new coronavirus pandemic, so the whole team, including Binder and Crutchlow, showed enthusiasm for the first race in a long time here at Motegi, and the week began looking forward to it.

Binder struggled with tire wear in the second half of the 14th round at Misano. There was a clear step in the right direction at round 15 in Aragon, with the team looking to improve. This time, he aims to build on that success and enjoy the Japanese GP, who he will face for the first time on a Yamaha YZR-M1.

Crutchlow, on the other hand, has tested at the circuit the other day and has some advantages. However, this time will be the second race after returning to racing after a year, and he will be riding a different machine. For Yamaha test rider Crutchlow, Motegi is one of his favorite courses.

Monster Energy Yamaha MotoGP
Fabio Quarararo
“Firstly, I would like to thank all the fans for their kind words of encouragement. I want to be the best I can be by then and aim for the win. No matter where I am or what the circumstances are, I will always give 100% and push, and I will continue to do so this week.”

Franco Morbidelli
“By running the next race immediately after the GP Aragon, we will be able to continue working on improving the speed of the very fast corners, which has been a problem. I am very happy to be able to come here. I’ve always enjoyed this course, and this time I’m interested in refining the settings from three years ago for the 2022 M1.”

Massimo Melegari (Team Director)
“Having arrived in Japan, I’m looking forward to the start of the new race week. The Japanese GP is Yamaha’s home GP, and it’s a very important event. The engineers at Yamaha headquarters in Iwata, as well as Japanese racing fans, I have a great passion for motorcycle racing. I want to repay everyone with a great race.”

With Yamaha RNF MotoGP Team
Cal Crutchlow
“This will be my first time racing at Motegi for three years. I’ve been looking forward to getting back on track soon after finishing the race in Aragon and hopefully we can have another positive week here, we made a big step forward from the first day in Aragon. We want to do the same this time.”

Darrin Rhymwr
“I’m really looking forward to going to Motegi. Last week in Aragon we were able to make some progress and in the end we were able to improve a lot compared to Misano before. My goal is to keep building. in Japan as soon as possible. I’m really looking forward to it as the race hasn’t been held for three years. I’m also looking forward to the start of the flying race.”

Razlan Lazari (Founder/Team President)
“Leaving continental Europe, Motegi will be the starting point for the flying races. I haven’t been able to visit for three years due to Covid19, so I’m really looking forward to it. Japan, and then Thailand, will host the MotoGP. After that, I’ll go to Australia and Malaysia for a while, but I’m really looking forward to these two trips, which are my first trips since the pandemic.”

Wilko Seerenberg (team manager)
“Crutchlow seems to love Motegi, but this time a typhoon is approaching and we know we won’t be able to start work on Wednesday. We only have 1 hour and 15 minutes of free practice on Friday afternoon, which is particularly bad for Binder, while Crutchlow had a test a few weeks ago. I hope they will continue to work and aim for good results.”

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