The tenth edition of the Japanese Grand Prix was once again an important and special stop on the SPEA FIM Trial World Championship. The fabulous setting at Motegi always a unique and memorable visit, with the Honda owned Twin Ring circuit creating an unrivalled backdrop for the World’s best trials riders to perform against. Hidden from the real World, this incredible facility sits two hours North of Tokyo in a predominantly rural area of Japan that is otherwise occupied by a never-ending patchwork of paddy fields, which grow the national food of rice.
Concealed behind the main entrance hides both an oval and a conventional road race track, a massive museum containing an incredible collection of rare Honda cars and bikes, an oval dirt track, a go-kart circuit, a skid pad, a fun park, various other motorsport facilities and a large hotel. With a work force the size of a small town constantly attending to the extensive vegetation that links these many elements and the general up keep of the venue, the site is both huge and clinical at all times.
As a nation, despite their normally reserved nature, the Japanese are both knowledgeable and passionate about their motorsport, and play their part in making this Grand Prix one of the best each season, year after year.