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Moto2: JiR personnel join Motegi 'no go' list
28 September 2011
Just as with the Mahindra 125cc team, the JiR Moto2 squad gave its team members a free choice as to whether they wished to attend this weekend's Japanese Grand Prix at Motegi.
Despite assurances to the contrary, some in the paddock continue to have concerns over the risk of radiation from the damaged Fukushima power plant.
As with Mahindra, the JiR personnel decided the risk wasn't worth taking and will be replaced by local staff this weekend. In JiR's case, they have called up chassis manufacturer TSR's Japanese development team.
Rider Alex de Angelis will be on track as usual, but sounded far from comfortable with the situation.
"This weekend in Japan will be a tricky and delicate race, both for the nuclear issue and for the racing," began de Angelis. "News that comes from that region is incoherent so it is very hard to have a clear idea of the risk and therefore to have an opinion. I hope that whoever decided to make the race happen knows what he's doing.
"I'm expecting an unusual atmosphere, as many workers, from journalists to the paddock people have decided not to come. Race-wise the work that we will be called to do is tough as well, because the third place in the Championship is in our reach but in theory the Motegi circuit is maybe the hardest for the MotoBI's technical configuration.
"This time I won't have my usual team on my side but I will be supported by the TSR technicians, they have undoubted capabilities but for evident reasons we will need some time to get the feeling with each other and find out a way to communicate.
"We have an important target to reach. We have not so many races left so we will have to find immediately the feeling between rider, team and machine and to start with determination in the attack to the third place in Championship."
de Angelis is just ten points behind Andrea Iannone (Suter) in the standings.