The Reale Avintia Racing team heads to the Twin Ring Motegi circuit for the 15th round of the 2017 MotoGP World Championship, which will be the first of three races on consecutive weekends in Japan, Australia and Malaysia.
Hector Barbera and Loris Baz confront the last part of the championship eager to get a great result before leaving the MotoGP class at the end of the season. Both are determined to get the best out of the powerful V4 engines of their Ducati Demosedici GP.
The weather will be once again the main concern for riders and teams as rain is forecasted for the three days at the Japanese venue. However, this could be to the advantage of Reale Avintia Racing riders Barbera and Baz, as they have shown their master skills in wet conditions in the past.
“The weekend In Aragon was not the best and nothing went as planned, but I head to the triple with high motivation and I’m looking forward to a good result. I only have four races in MotoGP left and I want to enjoy all of them, but before having fun, we first have to work hard to get the maximum from the bike. I think that once I decided my future will be in Moto2, these last few races with my team will be better. I left all the pressure to get results behind and I’m more relaxed now, so everything will flow. Motegi had been one of the best circuits for me in the past and it features many hard braking areas, one of the strongest points of the Ducati. I’m looking forward to start the weekend!”
“I’ve been quite busy in the last three weeks working towards to get the best options in World Superbike for next year, but I also had some time to relax and train. But now we have to stay focussed for the last part of the season in MotoGP and in Motegi we start the first of three important races in Japan, Australia and Malaysia. My goal will be scoring points, as we missed our chances in the last two rounds. I think Motegi will suit the characteristics of our bike quite well. It’s a question mark what the weather will be like, but nevertheless, I’m confident for the upcoming races.”