Johann Zarco heads to Motegi, scene of his only grand prix victory, chasing three podiums in a row for the new Caterham Suter Moto2 team.

After failing to score in the opening three rounds, Zarco is now up to sixth in the world championship.

"I had my first and only victory so far at Motegi so it can be a chance for us," said Zarco, who took victory in the 2011 125cc race, ending a run of six second places in the previous eight rounds.

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"The track is quite hard because it has many strong brake points, but with a good set up I believe we can fight well here. I hope to continue with the pace we have had in the past two GPs, so I will do my best to get more points for the championship and fight for a podium again."

Despite the gathering momentum, rumours suggest that Caterham's motorcycle team - having avoided the fate of the F1 project - will switch to the Moto3 class in 2015 and that Zarco will join a new Kalex squad run by Aki Ajo.

Caterham's future plans are set to be officially announced during its home Malaysian Grand Prix from October 24-26.

Meanwhile, Zarco's team-mate Ratthapark Wilairot - who replaced Josh Herrin from Misano - starts the flyaways still seeking his first points of the year.

"It's been a couple of years since I rode at Motegi but I have good memories there. It's closer to my home so I always have good support in Japan, which is a nice feeling. The track I also like because the first time I had a wild-card there I finished tenth with the 250cc bike. For this grand prix I have a clear aim and that is to improve my qualifying. If I can qualify in the top twenty I know we can battle for the points."