Marquez has title in his sights
Marc Marquez will bid to put the disappointment of disqualification from the Australian MotoGP behind him by winning the world title in Japan.
The Repsol Honda rider was thrown out of the Phillip Island race after his team got a pit stop wrong after being ordered by race officials to make a mandatory stop because of concerns over tyre wear.
But instead of coming in on lap nine or 10 or a shortened race Marquez stopped on lap 11 and was subsequently shown a black flag, cutting his lead in the points standings to 18 over Jorge Lorenzo after the factory Yamaha rider won the race in Australia.
But Marquez knows if he finishes Sunday's race at Motegi more than 25 points in front of Lorenzo he will be the 2013 world champion, with only the final round of the series at Valencia to come.
Marquez said: "Obviously I'm disappointed after Phillip Island, but these things can happen. The important thing is that once again, we showed we were there for the fight and were competitive.
"Now we must put it behind us and concentrate on Motegi."
Another rider looking to get his world title bid back on track at Motegi is Britain's Scott Redding who missed the Phillip Island Moto2 race with a broken bone in his left arm.
Redding underwent surgery to the injury which he suffered in qualifying at Phillip Island to have a plate and six screws inserted.
But while the Marc VDS Racing Team rider was recovering his title rival Pol Espargaro was winning the race to give the Tuenti HP 40 team rider a 16-point lead over Redding with two races to go.
Redding, who passed a medical examination at Motegi on Thursday before being cleared to race in Japan, said: "There was no way I was going home after Australia, not when there was even an outside chance I could ride in Japan.
"I have to undergo another assessment after the two free practice sessions on Friday, but I'll know straight away whether it's possible to race. If I'm fit to race then the goal has to be to ensure the championship battle goes down to the final round in Valencia, for which I'll have had more recovery time."