Honda: Racing at Suzuka not possible
28 August 2011 – Shuhei Nakamoto, Executive Vice President for the Honda Racing Corporation, has clarified his idea of hosting this year’s Japanese MotoGP at Suzuka.
The Honda-owned circuit was suggested as a replacement, with concerns continuing to mount over Motegi’s radiation levels after the earthquake, tsunami and consequent nuclear disaster which beset Japan in March.
“Suzuka Circuit does not have the correct license,” Nakamoto explains. “To achieve the proper homologation the FIM would ask for a lot of changes and we cannot do everything. A good example is the hairpin - the run-off zone is too close, but there is a road behind so it's impossible to move it any further.
“Without these kind of issues, Honda could consider Suzuka as an option, but at this moment we are not thinking about it.”
Motegi is still set to host the race, which was rescheduled to 2 October.