“We have a really good bike now”
The 125cc title has already gone to Alvaro Bautista (Aprilia), but Honda men will be fighting hard to put their factory machines among the podium places here. Among them, 2005 World Champion Thomas Luthi (Elit Grand Prix Honda RS125R).
said: "I like Motegi, it's an OK track for me, even though I had a very bad crash there last year. It's a track of two parts and I like all of it, the fast corner and the places where you can make up places with hard braking. We have a really good bike now and I am confident we will have a good race there."
Rookie Bradley Smith (Repsol Honda RS125R) is stronger after his return to action in Australia after an arm injury. He said: "I've seen the track on Play Station and it looks more like a stop/start circuit rather than a fast like Australia. I don't know whether that will suit me or not but after the last weekend with the positive things we need to carry on doing the same and trying to improve here.
It's Honda's track as well so there is extra incentive to do well there."
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