A beautiful, sunny day and twenty-four thousand fans packing Motegi’s grandstand for the 2017 edition of Honda Racing Thanks Day today welcomed newly crowned MotoGP World Champion Marc Marquez and teammate Dani Pedrosa, along with fellow HRC motorsport personalities including MotoGP rider Takaaki Nakagami, Trial riders Takashisa Fujinami, MXGP rider Tim Gajser, home star Takuma Sato (who this year became the first Japanese driver to win the Indianapolis 500), Jenson Button and Stoffel Vandoorne.
Bringing together official riders and drivers from Honda’s various motorsport programmes, the event offers fans and their families the opportunity to meet and greet their heroes in a relaxed and easy-going context.
Marc and Dani began the weekend on Friday night with a dinner party at Tokyo’s Shangri-La Hotel, celebrating the conquest of the Riders, Constructors, and Team World Championships, and on Saturday they moved to the Motegi Twin Ring Circuit, where they enjoyed driving a Japanese F3 Championship machine for the first time.
Today, fans were able to watch the Repsol Honda duo having a great time taking part in two- and four-wheel races and exhibitions. Competitions using Karts, Super Cubs, and Honda Sport & Eco Fit cars (Jazz) were included in the track activities, and they even had the opportunity to give zip-lining a try before moving back to Tokyo in the evening for a night-time flight home.