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FIM confirms Motegi to go ahead
3 August 2011
The FIM has revealed that the Japanese MotoGP event at Motegi will go ahead as planned in October after the APRA agency completed its investigation into radiation levels following the nuclear power station crisis that followed the earthquake and tsunami earlier in the year.
A preliminary report appeared to suggest there was no reason why the event shouldn't go ahead as planned, with any health risks being negligible.
The FIM has now received the final report from the ARPA and confirmed that the event will go ahead as planned barring any further series incidents at the Fukushima plant, which is located 120km from the Motegi circuit.
“The FIM and Dorna Sports have now received the official detailed and final report provided by ARPA, recognised body to investigate the current situation in Motegi and its environs,” a statement read. “Based on this report the FIM and Dorna Sports confirm today that, subject to there being no further serious incidents, the Grand Prix of Japan will take place on 2 October as planned.
“As already indicated in the previous Press Release, ARPA has measured levels of radiation from all sources including the air, environment and food. The final conclusion is that 'based on the estimate dose it can be said with no doubt that the radiation risk during the race event is negligible'.
“This study is intended to complement the information already available from various Governments and the World Health Organisation, which addresses the general situation in Japan following the earthquake and subsequent tsunami that occurred in March. This independent investigation reports specifically on the situation in Motegi and its environs, making it much more relevant to MotoGP participants.”
During a one week stay in the area, ARPA took 100 ambient radiation measurements while also checking air and food samples in and around Motegi, with no concerns raised about the radiation levels.
News that the event has been given the green light comes with Casey Stoner and Jorge Lorenzo having both said they wouldn't make the trip to Japan [See separate story HERE
The full report from the ARPA can be read HERE