Shinichi Ito to compete for Team HRC, showing support for East Japan

MotoGP Race Preview | Grand Prix of Japan

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

Date : 28/09/2011

In recognition of the hard times that his countrymen and women are experiencing, HRC test rider Shinichi Ito will take part in this weekend's Japanese GP to help bring encouragement and hope to those in the East Japan region. The forty-four year old from Miyagi Prefecture who witnessed the devastation of the earthquake and tsunami first hand, came out of retirement and won this year's Suzuka 8 Hours and Honda's 24th victory in the endurance classic and will take part in the Motegi race on a factory Honda RC212V.

"This year I started the role as HRC test rider, but I never thought that I would participate in the World Motorcycle Championship again considering that I'm 44 years old. I'm very proud of this as a rider and I am very grateful to all the people who worked to make this possible. After the East Japan disaster, TwinRing Motegi has recovered to be able to hold Grand Prix, but in Miyagi prefecture, where I live, there are still many people who cannot return to work. Many people still live in temporary container housing without knowing about the possibility to return back to normal life. I am aware that what I am able to do for the victims is very limited but as one of the victims myself, I will do my best to cheer up and to encourage those who suffered the most in the East Japan region and I sincerely hope you can all continue to give your valuable support".

Rider Statistics - Shinichi Ito

Age 44
Racing number 72
Race machine Honda RC212V
Date of birth December 7th, 1966
Birthplace Miyagi, Japan
Grand Prix debut 1995, 125cc Malaysian Grand Prix
GP podiums 6 x 500cc
GP pole positions 1 x 500cc

Circuit information

First race 1999
GPs held 12
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

120-1 Hiyama, Motegi-machi,
Haga-gun, Tochigi Pref. 321-3597, Japan

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Circuit records

Pole position 1m45.543s (163.758Km/h) Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha, 2008)
Race lap 1m47.091s (161.391Km/h) Casey Stoner (Ducati, 2008)
Race time 43m09.599s (160.181km/h) Valentino Rossi (Yamaha, 2008)
MotoGP Wins 3 (Loris Capirossi 2005-07)
2010 Winner Casey Stoner (Ducati)