Alvaro Bautista is keen to put on a spectacular show for the Japanese supporters when MotoGP finally arrives at Motegi. The race has been surrounded with doubts for most of the year after the natural disaster that postponed it in April and the subsequent fears over radiation in the area.
But the riders have all made the trip and Bautista is in no doubt as to how important this weekend is. With the GSV-R ever-improving, the Spaniard is also confident of closing the gap on the frontrunners.
“I cannot wait to get back on the bike and continue with the work from the recent races. I am really excited by the way things have been going and know we still have some more steps to take, so Motegi will be a good place to make even further improvements. This is a really important race for Suzuki and all the Japanese people, we have been able to show support on the bike for the country at all the races since the awful disaster, but now we can go there in person and show them that we really are with them. I think it could be an emotional event, but I want to push the GSV-R and myself to the limit and give everyone at Suzuki, and all the team's fans, something to smile about and be proud of!”
The Grand Prix of Japan weekend gets underway with Free Practice 1 at 2:10am UK time on Friday. The Checkered Flag will have full coverage throughout the weekend.