Friday, September 2, 2011

HRC Clarification: Suzuka Not An Option As Motegi Replacement

HRC Vice President Shuhei Nakamoto does not address the press collectively very often, and so when he does, he faces a lot of questions. Nakamoto-san held a press conference on the afternoon of the Brno MotoGP test, on the Monday after the race, convened to discuss Honda's RC213V MotoGP bike for next season, as it was being tested at that moment by Casey Stoner and Dani Pedrosa at the Brno circuit. Naturally, journalists took the opportunity to quiz Nakamoto on the situation around Motegi. Nakamoto's response was seemingly clear, as you can see from the transcript: though the HRC boss preferred Suzuka to Motegi as a race track, racing at Suzuka was simply not an option. The Suzuka circuit did not have the required safety clearance from the FIM, and the number of changes they would have to make to obtain homologation for MotoGP were simply not possible.

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