Shinichi Ito proud to race for HRC, bringing hope to East Japan

Grand Prix of Japan | MotoGP Race Report

MotoGP Round 14 : Motegi circuit, 30 September - 2 October

Date : 02/10/2011
Weather **: Dry
**Temperature
: Air: 19 degrees, Ground: 29 degrees
Humidity : 55%

In an action packed race today at the Motegi circuit, HRC test rider Shinichi Ito finished thirteenth and very proud with his achievement.

Ito rode a strong race in front of his home crowd at Motegi, and took this opportunity as training for testing the 1000cc machine to be ridden by HRC factory riders in 2012.

HRC would like to thank Ito san and congratulate him on his performance in the Japanese Grand Prix.

SHINICHI ITO - 13th
"First of all, I'd like to say big a very big thank you to Honda. They gave me this possibility to race a MotoGP machine again and through this I hope I brought courage to the victims of the East Japan disaster. My target for this race was to simply take the checkered flag and I achieved this. Considering that today was no ordinary race, I'm very happy with the result! I had a physical problem after Friday's crash, so the first part of the race was difficult for me. I reminded myself the main reason for participating and I knew I could not give up. After that, in the last part I managed faster laps and I'm happy with this. The experience of today will contribute towards my training for the 1000 machine test. At this moment I don't have any plans to participate in another Motorcycle race, but if I take part in another race category, such as GT300 Japanese Car Championship, I would like to do so with a Honda Machine".

Race Result - Round 14

1 Dani Pedrosa 42'47.481 SPA HONDA Repsol Honda Team
2 Jorge Lorenzo +7.299 SPA YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing Team
3 Casey Stoner +18.380 AUS HONDA Repsol Honda Team
4 Marco Simoncelli +23.550 ITA HONDA San Carlo Honda Gresini
5 Andrea Dovizioso +23.691 ITA HONDA Repsol Honda Team
6 Ben Spies +37.604 USA YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing Team
7 Nicky Hayden +39.167 USA DUCATI Ducati Marlboro Team
8 Colin Edwards +45.023 USA YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
9 Hiroshi Aoyama +49.074 JPN HONDA San Carlo Honda Gresini
10 Randy De Puniet +59.022 FRA DUCATI Pramac Racing
11 Cal Crutchlow +1'13.964 GBR YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
12 Kousuke Akiyoshi +1'21.709 JPN HONDA LCR Honda MotoGP
13 Shinichi Ito 1'26.381 JPN HONDA Team HRC
14 Toni Elias DNF SPA HONDA LCR Honda MotoGP
15 Alvaro Bautista DNF SPA SUZUKI Rizla Suzuki MotoGP
16 Damian Cudlin DNF AUS DUCATI Pramac Racing
17 Hector Barbera DNF SPA DUCATI Paginas Amarillas Aspar
18 Valentino Rossi DNF ITA DUCATI Ducati Marlboro Team
19 Karel Abraham DNS CZE DUCATI Cardion AB Motoracing

Championship standings

1 Casey Stoner 300 pts AUS HONDA Repsol Honda Team
2 Jorge Lorenzo 260 pts SPA YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing Team
3 Andrea Dovizioso 196 pts ITA HONDA Repsol Honda Team
4 Dani Pedrosa 195 pts SPA HONDA Repsol Honda Team
5 Ben Spies 156 pts USA YAMAHA Yamaha Factory Racing Team
6 Valentino Rossi 139 pts ITA DUCATI Ducati Marlboro Team
7 Nicky Hayden 123 pts USA DUCATI Ducati Marlboro Team
8 Marco Simoncelli 119 pts ITA HONDA San Carlo Honda Gresini
9 Colin Edwards 98 pts USA YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
10 Hiroshi Aoyama 94 pts JPN HONDA San Carlo Honda Gresini
11 Hector Barbera 77 pts SPA DUCATI Paginas Amarillas Aspar
12 Alvaro Bautista 67 pts SPA SUZUKI Rizla Suzuki MotoGP
13 Cal Crutchlow 57 pts GBR YAMAHA Monster Yamaha Tech 3
14 Karel Abraham 50 pts CZE DUCATI Cardion AB Motoracing
15 Toni Elias 47 pts SPA HONDA LCR Honda MotoGP
16 Randy De Puniet 39 pts FRA DUCATI Pramac Racing
17 Loris Capirossi 29 pts ITA DUCATI Pramac Racing
18 Kousuke Akiyoshi 7 pts JPN HONDA LCR Honda MotoGP
19 John Hopkins 6 pts USA SUZUKI Rizla Suzuki MotoGP
20 Shinichi Ito 3 pts JPN HONDA Team HRC
21 Sylvain Guintoli 0 pts FRA DUCATI Pramac Racing

Circuit information

First race 1999
GPs held 13
Laps 24
Race distance 115.224km / 71.592miles
Track length 4.801km / 2.983miles
Track width 12-15m
Longest straight 0.762km / 0.473miles
Corners 14 (8 right, 6 left)
Pole position Left

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Circuit records

Pole position 1m45.267s (164.188Km/h) Casey Stoner (Honda, 2011)
Race lap 1m46.090s (162.914Km/h) Dani Pedrosa (Honda, 2011)
Race time 42m47.481s (161.561km/h) Dani Pedrosa (Honda, 2011)
MotoGP Wins 3 (Loris Capirossi 2005-07)
2010 Winner Casey Stoner (Ducati)