Ducati Team: 10 things to know about the Japanese GP at Motegi

All to cheer Ducati for the Japanese MotoGP before the World Premiere live from Rimini: 10 things to know about the Japanese GP

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Waiting to discover all the news of 2020, at the Ducati World Premiere live from Rimini, where we will also be to let you know everything in real time, we propose 10 pills on MotoGP of Japan.

One of the most fascinating races on the calendar will take place next weekend, the Japanese GP at Twin Ring Motegi, the sixteenth round of the season for the Ducati Team. Here are the 10 essential facts to know:

  1. The first time ever that Ducati has reached the podium of the MotoGP it was in 2003, at the Japanese GP which then took place at the Suzuka circuit. It was Loris Capirossi who conquered the third position.
  2. 3 of the 8 victories achieved by Capirossi with Ducati were at the Twin Ring of Motegi, and all consecutive, from 2005 to 2007.
  3. Dovizioso not only won in Japan with MotoGP, but in 2004 he also climbed the top step of the podium in 125, starting from Pole Position.
  4. With four GPs left to go, with 100 points up for grabs, Dovizioso is 46 points from his best season in MotoGP, which is currently 2017 in which he collected a total of 261 points.
  5. In 2007 Casey Stoner was proclaimed world champion on this track after finishing sixth. That race was won by his teammate, Loris Capirossi.
  6. Motegi is the only track where Dovizioso has reached the pole position in MotoGP in three different seasons, in 2010, 2014 and 2018.
  7. One of the podiums that Danilo Petrucci achieved in MotoGP was in this circuit with the third position in 2017 at the helm of the Pramac Racing Team's Desmosedici GP.
  8. This will be the twentieth time that Motegi will host a world championship race. The first time was in 1999 and the circuit has remained on the calendar ever since. From 2000 to 2003 it was raced under the name of the Pacific GP and since 2004 it has been renamed the Japanese GP.
  9. The Motegi circuit is called Twin Ring because it joins two circuits which, however, only share the pit straight.
  10. Motegi is a so-called 'stop & go' track because it has six acceleration points followed by six strong braking points. This is the circuit where first gear is used the most, up to three times.

And now we just have to cheer for Ducati! Good road to all and remember that "Roads are made for travel, not for destinations" (Confucius) ... but I know the pilots have something else in mind.

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