MotoGP Japan 2012: Ernest's chop
MotoGP Japan 2012: Ernest's chop

Comes the first date of the asian tour closing of the season, the Japanese circuit of Motegi, and the expected one arrives casey stoner's return after recovering from the injuries he sustained in Indianapolis. And the statistics of the Japanese GP arrive

Some have seen Casey Stoner's return to competition as the last hope of Dani Pedrosa to be able to subtract points from Jorge Lorenzo in the MotoGP World Championship. Although others quickly hastened to recall some statements by Pedrosa about Stoner and in which the Castellar del Vallés rider did not think to help the Australian in the championship. Anyway what it seems is that Stoner is not going to be able to help him even if he wants to, because they are both in front of what we could classify as best Jorge Lorenzo of all time, and has 33 points of advantage over Dani, which could be definitive. Although the best Dani Pedrosa of all time he's also on the track this year.

Let's remember that this is the fourteenth time the Japanese GP has been held in Motegi. And it will be the 35th time that a GP has been held in Japan, a test that has passed through the Suzuka, Fisco, and Motegi circuits. The first Japanese GP was held in 1963, in Suzuka, but on that occasion only the small categories (50, 125, and 250) competed, which were those that interested the Japanese factories of the time. In 1964 and 1965 the 350 class was also raced. In 1966 the GP was transferred to Fisco and at that circuit the Japanese Yoshimi Katayama and Hiroshi Hasegawa won the 50 cc and 250 cc races respectively. But the Japanese were not very interested in this world championship, so it took them twenty years to return to the Japanese GP.

Between 1987 and 2003 the Japanese test was run in Suzuka, except in 1999 when it was raced in Motegi. In addition, the years 2000 to 2003 also held the Pacific GP in Motegi in Japan. Unfortunately, the death of Daijiro Katoh in Suzuka certified that this circuit was not safe enough for the World Championship and since then it has been run exclusively in Motegi. The four EU riders who have won the most times at Motegi, with three victories each, are Loris Capirossi (3-MotoGP), Toni Elías (2-250 and 1-Moto2), Mika Kallio (2-125 and 1-250) and Dani Pedrosa (1-125, 1-250 and 1-MotoGP)

  • Dani Pedrosa's 2012 season is the best of his entire career, and has already achieved more points (257) than in the 2008 season when it reached 249.

  • Also 2012 is the second season in which a satellite team driver has scored the most points. Andrea Dovizioso has 179 points, very close to beating the 187 points that Marco Melandri got in 2007 on the Gresini team's Honda.

  • Dominique Aegerter will turn 100 GP, which will make him the Swiss rider with the most GP, placing him ahead of Thomas Luthi. Aegerter will have started 47 times in Moto2 and 52 times in 125.

  • Sunday will mark the 50th anniversary of the 1962 Argentine GP held in Buenos Aires. The 500 category was won by the pilot Benedicto Caldarella on a Matchless, it was his only victory. The 250 race was won by Arthur Wheeler at the age of 46, making him the oldest winning driver of all time. Hugh Anderson won in 125cc for the first time on a Suzuki and Ernst Degner finished second in 50cc, earning him the world title in the category, the first world title for a Suzuki rider in any category.

  • The Dani Pedrosa's victory in Aragon is the 19th that he gets in MotoGP. The same figure that reached Barry sheene in his entire sports career, the next victory he achieves equals him with Freddie spencer in victories in the premier class.

  • Two British drivers had not seen each other in the top seven for 19 years of the maximum category of the world-wide one. in Aragon, Cal Crutchlow finished fourth and Jonathan Rea seventh. The last time something like this happened was at Donington Park in 1993 with Niall Mackenzie third and Carl Fogarty fourth.

  • Sunday will It will be eleven years since Valentino Rossi won the Australian GP 500 race. With that victory Valentino became the youngest driver to win the championship in all three categories. That race was one of the most contested in history, with nine drivers in less than three seconds to the finish line.

  • In Aragon it was the first time, since the MotoGP World Championship, that four Yamaha riders are in the top five positions.

  • Dani Pedrosa's victory in Aragon was the fourth of the season, thus equaling his best season (in victories) achieved in 2010.

  • Like we have already said Dani Pedrosa is the only rider who has won at Motegi in all three categories125cc in 2002, 250cc in 2004 and MotoGP in 2011.

  • Marc Márquez came off pole and won the 125 race in 2010. Last year he got pole in Moto2 but finished second in the race by going backwards on the last two laps.

  • Pol Espargaró has only achieved a podium in Motegithird in 125 in 2009. Last year he finished 15th in Moto2 after starting 21st on the grid.

  • Andrea Iannone won the 125 race at Motegi in 2009 from pole position. In 2010 he went off the track on lap 7, rejoined the race in 18th place and finished 13th, which was his worst result of the season for the second time. Last year he won the Moto 2 race from third on the starting grid.

  • In 2010 Sandro Cortese finished 15th in 125 after crashing and getting back in the race. Last year he finished fifth, starting seventh on the 125 grid.

  • Luis Salóm finished eighth in 125 in 2010. Which equaled his best dry finish of the year. In 2011 he finished 23rd after starting 12th on the grid and falling on the first lap and retaking the last race. In the last four races Luis has finished first or second.

  • Máverick Viñales came out fourth on the grid last year, but due to mechanical problems he had to leave the grid last. After passing the first lap on the 23rd, the race finished fourth.

Taking into account the weather forecast from Weather2 this weekend it will not rain in Motegi. The temperature will be around 25ºC on Friday and will drop to 21ºC on Sunday at MotoGP time. The sky will be 11% cloudy on Saturday and clear the other days. So get your dry tires ready for this Asian event. That this year already nobody remembers the radiation problems in Fukushima or anything like that.

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