Hier is een stukje (wel engels) over het feit dat Suzuki en Kawasaki met 3 rijders rjiden in Motegi:
Rizla Suzuki and Kawasaki Racing will each field a third 'home' rider in this weekend's Japanese Grand Prix at Motegi.
Regular Suzuki racers John Hopkins and Chris Vermeulen, who celebrated his first MotoGP last weekend in Australia, will be joined by test rider Kousuke Akiyoshi. The 21-year-old Japanese will be making his grand prix debut and will be looking to put home track knowledge to his advantage as he takes on the best motorcycle racers in the world.
"Motegi is a very important race for Suzuki as it is obviously the 'home' grand prix for the factory," said team manager Paul Denning. "We will be joined this week by Akiyoshi san and we hope that he can put on a good display and enjoy his first ever GP. John goes very well around Motegi and the GSV-R should be well suited to the track so we will be hoping for a strong performance from him. Chris is visiting this circuit for the first time but I am sure he will adapt to it very quickly and find the layout to his liking. There will be a lot of fans, guests and employees of Suzuki at Motegi and we'll be looking to give them something to cheer about!"
In the Kawasaki camp, test and development rider Naoki Matsudo will line-up on a third ZX-RR alongside Shinya Nakano and Randy de Puniet. Unlike Akiyoshi, Matsudo is an experienced world championship campaigner, having started the first of five full seasons in the 250cc World Championship in 2000, after which he made one wild-card appearance in the MotoGP class in 2005, with Moriwaki, before taking on the role of test and development rider with Kawasaki at the start of this season.