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MotoGP Gives Japan Option Not to Host MotoGP Race

motegiIn the wake of tragedy, the MotoGP has come out to state its support of Japan. The MotoGP has given the organizers of the Japan Grand Prix the opportunity to decide whether or not they will host the third round of the MotoGP season.

Japan has just been devastated by a 8.9 magnitude earthquake, followed by a massive tsunami. Japan is supposed to host the third round of the 2011 MotoGP season, but the MotoGP understands that this may not be possible.

"Japan is a very important country to this championship," said CEO of Dorna Sports, Carmelo Ezpeleta. "We are with them during these painful moments."

Japan is supposed to host a race on April 24th at Motegi.

"No decision will be made until it is seen how events evolve during this week," Ezpeleta said. "We are putting the interests of Japan above what was to be the third round of the season."

Hiroshi Aoyama is the only Japanese rider in the MotoGP championship, but many riders on the MotoGP grid ride Japanese bikes.

"I have had the opportunity to speak with those at the Motegi Circuit," Ezpeleta continued. "Fortunately, none who work there were injured. It remains to be seen how those involved deal with this terrible event. For our part, we are there for whatever they need. MotoGP will do what Japan asks us."

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