Honda constructed this 2.983 mile (4.801km) circuit, which also incorporates an Indycar style oval, in 1997 in the hilly countryside 63 miles (101km) north of Tokyo. The track has a comparatively long back straight but a series of slow corners and also two tunnels which allows the oval to run round the outside. It is a major attraction for motor sport fans all year round, as it is also home to the Honda Collection Hall, a museum housing a distinguished collection of motorcycle, car and racing machines from all through the ages. Additionally, there is a resort-type hotel and an auto campsite where visitors can enjoy the bountiful nature.
The 2013 race saw Dani Pedrosa (Honda) take the chequered flag ahead of his team mate Marc Marquez (Honda) – although the two drivers battled almost until the end. Third place was taken by Jorge Lorenzo (Yamaha).
The main airport in Japan, Tokyo Narita Airport is about four hours away by car and fans are better off using the Ibaraki International Airport instead, which is about two hours’ drive away. The airport offers good domestic connections and is adding more international routes to its line-up, which currently is limited to China.
Those wanting to drive to the track should use the Joban expressway from the toll gate, head towards Kasama for 180 yards (165 metres), then left at first the signal, and right at the next. This road merges into Prefecture 52. Follow Mito-Motegi road, Prefecture 51 to arrive at the south gate. Approaching from the Tohoku Expressway; from the toll gate follow National route 119, merging into National route 4. Turn left towards Yanagida Bridge, taking Prefecture 69, merging into National road 123 to arrive at the circuit’s north gate.
There is one daily bus service from downtown Tokyo (Hamamatsu-cho) to downtown Motegi. From Tokyo, it is also possible to take the JR Shonan-Shinjuku line and transfer to JR Mito Line to Motegi station. The train, although not the cheapest option, is the fastest way to get to the Motegi Circuit.