After failing to cut the gap to Open class MotoGP leader Loris Baz at Aragon, Hector Barbera has the first of four remaining chances at Motegi this weekend.
Barbera had led the Open standings until round 13 at Misano, where Baz scored a shock fourth place to vault five points clear of the Spaniard.
Both riders then finished outside the points last time at Aragon.
“Motegi is a track where I have mixed feelings, I won there, but also I got my worst injuries at this circuit. But we arrive there in a crucial moment for us, as we have to get a good result to recover points in the standings, so I'll give my best from the first exit on Friday,” said Barbera, who will be joined at Avintia Ducati by Baz next season.
“After the last race we had a strange feeling, because we did a good race, but we didn't get any points. We have four races ahead of us and I will race them as four finals. The result we'll get at Japan will be crucial as this will be the first of three consecutive races that will be critical to decide the Open Class title.”