Yamaha confirms Japanese GP presence
12 September 2011 – In a team statement released on Monday morning, the Yamaha Factory Racing team has confirmed that it will be attending the upcoming Japanese MotoGP amid fears that the health of visitors and competitors could be threatened.
As Japan continues to recover from the earthquake and subsequent nuclear disaster of March, championship leader Casey Stoner have already said that they wish not to travel to Motegi. One option was staging the race at Suzuka, although this was soon ruled out by circuit owners Honda as the track could not be readied in time.
Yamaha’s Monday statement reads as follows:
‘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.’