Yuki Takahashi is eager to give his local fans something to celebrate when he makes his Japanese Grand Prix debut at Motegi as a MotoGP rider.

As the only Japanese rider on the premier grid this season, Takahashi is hoping that the expected support will motivate him on to a good result aboard Scot Racing Honda.

His record on home ground is respectable too, scoring top six finishes during the past two seasons. Having scored a point on his debut in Qatar, Takahashi is confident of adding to his tally at Motegi.

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"Motegi is my home race and I have my fans here. So you can imagine how important a good race will be for me. We used to come to Japan later in the season when it is warmer. I hope the meteorological condition will be good - not too cold.

"In Qatar I understood several things about my Honda. If you add to it the fact that I know very well this track, you can understand why I'm confident of having a good race".