MotoGP Japanese is a top-rated motorcycle-racing event. It takes late in the MotoGP season. This track is likely to witness battle throughout the grid with teams and Japanese MotoGP riders battling for supremacy.
Motegi Circuit, or Twin Ring Motegi, is Japan’s most famous racetrack. It was able to replace Suzuka Circuit as a preferred destination for the MotoGP races because of safety. This circuit was constructed in 1997, and it features two layouts: 2.493 km distance (first one) and 4.8 km length (the second one). Many events are held at this location apart from MotoGP races. They include Super GT, Super Formula, and Super Taikyu amongst others.
Japanese MotoGP usually takes place in September, this year the race will run from 29 September to 1 October 2023. It makes this race quite interesting from the prospect of determining two significant titles – Riders’ Championship and Manufacturers’ Standings. The race’s timing drives competitiveness up a lot. Hence, no individual rider has been able to dominate this event in recent times.
Marc Marquez has so far enjoyed an incredible 2022 season, but he has not excelled. Even though he won in two of three editions, the 26-year-old has to wait before he overtakes Valentino Rossi, who holds three wins at this event in the MotoGP class.
Andrea Dovizioso did wonderfully at this event lately. Apart from 2015, he’s been able to qualify on pole position or finish among the top three places. Last season, he was able to start on pole, but he ended up on the disappointing 18th spot. Dovizioso was fighting for that top spot along with Marquez before crashing with only two laps left. If not, the Italian may have picked up his second successive win at this event.
Alex Rins did exceptionally well in 2022, and he has improved at a crucial time this season. The Suzuki rider has already picked up wins this season, and his success at Silverstone has made everyone take notice. There is pressure from Rins to overtake Dovizioso in the Riders’ Championship table.
Danilo Petrucci has been able to take advantage of the pace from Ducati to be in contention for a runner up spot in the riders’ table. The Italian’s only win this season was in France, but his recent form decreased significantly. After disappointing 8th, 9th, and 7th place finishes in Czech, Austria, and Britain. All are testament to his struggles.
Honda didn’t impress anyone in the Manufacturers’ Standings so far. This Japanese team didn’t manage to steal points from Ducati in the table as Italians had an unbeaten run. Yamaha and Suzuki’s challenge may be as good as over in the championship stakes.
Positioning the race in the season’s second-half increases the entertainment quotient thanks to title battles heating up. Since there is a lot of eagerness and intense battles in both title fights, there is no shortage of excitement. This translates into a lot of difficulties when it comes to betting, as it can be a challenge to pick the right choices without help.
The probable start time for the Japanese race is in the second half of the calendar. This makes it tricky to predict the mind games that also come into play. On the track, however, things will be a lot more stable. A pole position market may not give much indication about the direction the MotoGP Japan results will take, as none of the last five pole winners have been able to win.
Marquez has won just two Japanese races, but he is the most successful at this event recently. The Honda rider has been experiencing a brilliant 2022 season. His ability to win a string of those first races has been vital. However, his form has not diminished, and the rider would not be willing to commit too many severe mistakes in the business end of the season. Thus, Marquez may be happy for a podium finish. Dovizioso is a good pick for the winner market.