Motegi : Team KR - Preview
The ‘Twin Ring' Motegi track, built in 1998, lies 150km north of Tokyo. It is owned by Honda and features an outer ‘Indy” style oval with a regular track in the infield. This features a relatively short 762m main straight, eight right turns, six
lefts, with a grippy, smooth and predictable surface.
The largely constant-radius, second and third gear turns are linked by medium-length straights. Set-up requires a bike that's stable both under fierce acceleration and equally severe braking. Front/rear balance and suspension settings are key, and the RC211V's smooth and predictable power delivery is a real bonus here.
The track also features gradient and a spectacular tunnel, although nothing in the way of camber. The back straight is downhill into a tight right-hand bend. And although the main straight is only 0.762km long, the tunnel between turn five and the 130R turn more than makes up for a long main chute in terms of spectacle – and rarity value. No other MotoGP track boasts subway sections.
After the gripping race in wet conditions in Australia, more unsettled weather is predicted this weekend.
Kenny Roberts (Roberts KR211V), a winner here in 1999, has shown the undoubted potential of the RC211V-engined Roberts machine this year and he is anxious to keep the steep development curve on the up here. He said: "This is a great opportunity to give Honda some reward for the support they've given us in this project and we'll be going hard at it from Friday."
Press Release HRC