September 12, 2011
MD received the following press release from Yamaha earlier today. It states that the two factory MotoGP riders, Jorge Lorenzo and Ben Spies, will race at Motegi the weekend of October 2. You may recall that Lorenzo, in particular, indicated earlier that he might not attend the Motegi race due to concerns about radiation from the damaged nuclear facility nearby on the Japanese coast. A study commissioned by the series organizer concluded there was no significant risk at the Motegi facility, however, and it is expected that most, if not all, of the riders will participate there. To some extent, it is still questionable whether Valentino Rossi (Ducati) and Casey Stoner (Honda) will decide to attend, so there is some drama left to play out. Here is the press release from Yamaha Racing.
Yamaha Factory Racing herewith confirms the attendance of its riders Jorge Lorenzo and Ben Spies to compete for round 15 of the 2011 MotoGP World Championship at Motegi in Japan on 2nd October.
The Yamaha Factory Racing team will race in Yamaha’s WGP50th Anniversary red and white livery for the 4th time this year at the home GP of team owner Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd.