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Motegi MotoGP: Japan GP Officially On

2011 MotoGP

It’s official – the 2011 Japanese Grand Prix will go on as planned Oct. 2, says Dorna Sports, the governing body of MotoGP.

The news arrived after the FIM and Dorna received the final, official report from ARPA, who was hired to investigate the radiation levels at Motegi to ensure fan/MotoGP paddock safety.

During the study, ARPA has measured levels of radiation from all sources including the air, environment and food. The final conclusion was "based on the estimate dose it can be said with no doubt that the radiation risk during the race event is negligible."

Dorna says: "This study is intended to complement the information already available from various Governments and the World Health Organisation, which addresses the general situation in Japan following the earthquake and subsequent tsunami that occurred in March. This independent investigation reports specifically on the situation in Motegi and its environs, making it much more relevant to MotoGP participants."

This year, Motegi will host Round 15 of 18 in the MotoGP Championship. The 4.8-mile Motegi circuit has been on the GP schedule since 1999. For a history of every year of racing at Motegi, click here.

Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling. He is also the author of "365 to Vision: Modern Writer's Guide (How to Produce More Quality Writing in Less Time).

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