Andrea Dovizioso is hoping to take advantage of his and the Desmosedici GP15s braking performance to continue a strong run at the Japanese MotoGP.
The Italian has stepped onto the podium in all three categories, winning the 125 race in 2004, and taking two of his three career pole positions, including last year on his Desmosedici GP14, when he finished the race in fifth.
“Motegi is one of my preferred tracks because there is a lot of braking, and this year I hope to be just as fast with my GP15, even though I didn't have a great feeling at Aragón,” Dovizioso said.
“We will try and modify the set-up to improve the stability under braking, but in any case I am optimistic about Motegi because I've almost always scored good results in MotoGP, including twice taking pole, in 2010 and last year.”
Team-mate Andrea Iannone has also won in Japan, both in 125cc in 2009 and in Moto2 in 2011, and last year he finished sixth with the Pramac Racing Team's GP14.
“I have really good memories of Motegi, because I won a strange 125cc race there in 2009 and another one in Moto2 in 2011. For me it's a great track, even though last year it was a little bit difficult in MotoGP,” said Iannone, who dislocated his shoulder for a second time prior to Aragon.
“This year with the Desmosedici GP15 I hope to improve my performance a lot, always providing that my left shoulder doesn't cause me too much bother under braking!”
Iannone is fourth and Dovizioso sixth in the world championship, with four rounds to go.