|Official Event Name:||2017 Motul Grand Prix of Japan|
|Event Start Date:||13 October 2017* (provisional date)|
|Event End Date:||15 October 2017* (provisional date)|
|Event Official Website:||http://www.motogp.com/en/event/Japan|
|Event Location:||Twin Ring Motegi|
Japan, 〒321-3597 Tochigi Prefecture, Haga District, 茂木町Hiyama, 120−1
First held more than 50 years ago in 1962, the Japanese Motorcycle Grand Prix is one of the oldest premier-class races on the MotoGP™ calendar. Staged at the Twin Ring Motegi since the tragic fatality of Japanese rider, Daijiro Kato at Suzuka at the 2003 Japanese Grand Prix, the circuit is located amongst the natural beauty of the northern Kanto region. The circuit’s name derives from the fact the facility is made up of two separate tracks – a 2.49km oval circuit (which is incredibly only used once a year!) and a 4.8km road course which is of course used for MotoGP™ race. When compared to the predominantly flowing circuits on the MotoGP™ calendar, the Twin Ring Motegi road course has a unique ‘stop start’ layout comprising of many short straights and sharp hairpin turns which has drawn criticism from some riders, most notably Valentino Rossi. However, given that ‘Vale’ has won just one race at Motegi in 12 races, that’s hardly surprising! Off the track, the main attraction at Motegi is the Honda Collection Hall, a massive museum of all things Honda including the legendary V4, oval piston, NR500 – a machine that was was incredibly advanced (if not uncompetitive on the racetrack!) for it’s introduction in 1979.
If you’d love to join us at the Land of the Rising Sun for the 2017 Japanese Motorcycle Grand Prix, please take a moment to register your interest in a travel package by completing the Enquiry Form below. When packages become available, one of our friendly consultants will be in touch to discuss the package details and your travel requirements further. Hope to see you at Motegi next year for what’s sure to be another cracking (not to mention important given how late in the Japanese round typically is) race!
* Dates are provisional and subject to change.