moto3 / Joan Mir prepares for first match-point in Japan
Mallorca’s talent has the opportunity to lift the world title at the Twin Ring Motegi circuit. Meanwhile the Leopard Racing Team welcomes Livio Loi back after two rounds injured.
Everything is ready for the final rush of the 2017 World Championship Moto3 season: the calendar provides a triple trip to Asia, starting at the Japan Grand Prix. The theatre will be the Twin Ring Motegi circuit, Honda’s home track, which runs for 4.8 miles through 14 curves and rises in the picturesque Kanto district.
After the triumph at MotorLand Aragon, where Mir scored his eighth victory of the season (no rider had ever won so many races in a single Moto3 season), Joan Mir sees the possibility of taking the world title. The Majorcan currently has 80 points more than his rivals, against the 100 still to be assigned.
However, the Grand Prix will start further back for the Spaniard, because due to the penalties received after the race, he will be forced to drop back 6 positions on the starting grid. Challenges have never frightened MiracleMir, who has grown accustomed to great achievements during his two Moto3 seasons.
The Leopard Racing team has eagerly been awaiting an update on the physical condition of Livio Loi. The Belgian, reduced to watching from his home due to the fracture to the left clavicle in Misano, has long ago begun rehabilitation and will try to get on the track regularly this weekend after having receiving the OK of doctors.
Last year on this track the riders both left side-by-side by side and fought back to the Top Ten with the Belgian cutting the finish in 7th position in front of Mir (9th). This year, however, Joan Mir has the opportunity to give the greatest joy to the Leopard Racing Team, to Honda and to all his fans.
Moto3™ Schedule (Local Time, GMT +9):
Friday, October 13th:
09:00-09:40 – FP1
13:10-13:50 – FP2
Saturday, October 14th:
09:00-09:40 – FP3
12:35-13:15 – QP
Sunday, October 15th:
08:40-09:00 – WarmUp
11:00 (20 Laps) – Race
Moto3™ World Standing 2017:
1 – Joan MIR 271
2 – Romano Fenati 191
3 – Aron Canet 173
4 – Fabio Di Giannantonio 137
5 – Jorge Martin 134
14 – Livio LOI 47