Japan might soon be back on the FIM Motocross World Championship calendar and could even have a slot on the 2015 schedule even though the provisional list released by the FIM and Youthstream last month did not include the country in the initial collection of dates.
Talk in the MXGP paddock has pointed towards the club and circuit of Kumamoto located near Honda’s factory deep in the south – virtually the length of Japan away from Sendai and the Sugo facility that hosted the last Japanese GPs from 2005-2007 – as enthusiastic and keen to negotiate with Youthstream to bring MXGP back to the country for the first time in seven years.
It is assumed that Honda would back the Grand Prix considering their ownership of the site.
Kumamoto hosted the opening round of the 2014 All Japan Motocross Championship in what is a slightly special fixture considering the manufacturers often reveal their prototype technology for public consumption for the first time.
Kei Yamamoto is the sole Japanese racer in the FIM Motocross World Championship and steers a CRF250R for the HRC Gariboldi team. The MX2 GP rookie has picked up points in eight rounds so far this season.