"I've always been fast at Motegi"
In the 250cc class Andrea Dovizioso (Humangest Racing Honda RS250RW) trails series points leader Jorge Lorenzo (Aprilia) by 24 points and knows Motegi represents one of the last opportunities to close the gap.
He said: "I like Motegi
and I've always been fast here. In 2004 I won the race in front of Lai and Corsi. In 2005, though, I was third until I made a small mistake and went wide losing almost one second from the leading group and I eventually finished sixth. Now, I look forward to racing, but it depends also on the weather because I've never ridden here in wet conditions and it seems that the forecast is for rain."
Dovi's team-mate Yuki Takahashi (Humangest Racing Honda RS250RW), who will race against his younger brother Koiki on Sunday, said: "Well, Motegi is my 'home' GP, so it's a special event because there will be my family and all the guys of the fan club there to watch the race and to support me. I know this track very well and my expectations are very high, also because of last Sunday's retirement in Australia. In 2005, I crossed the line fourth and this was my best result of the season. Next Sunday I will do my best to achieve a better result."
Shuhei Aoyama (Repsol Honda RS250RW) said: "I'm really looking forward to the race in Japan, because it's a circuit I obviously know very well. I want at least to get on the podium, but my real target is to win the race. I like the circuit a lot and I'm sure that with this bike I will be able to make a very good race here.
I'm also looking forward to meeting my fans and friends there and I hope to be able to make a good race for them."
David de Gea, standing in for the injured Martin Cardenas (Repsol Honda RS250RW), said: "I'm very happy to have a chance like this, it will possibly be the best I ever had in my sports career. The first thing I want to do is to thank Honda, Repsol and Alberto Puig for the chance they've given me; I only hope to do a good job in return for the confidence that have put in me. I know the Motegi circuit because I've raced a couple of times there, once on a 250cc and once on a 500cc machine, so it won't be a problem to remember the layout after a couple of laps."
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