Pedrosa and Marquez take to track on 500GP machines

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Repsol Honda riders Dani Pedrosa and Marc Marquez have had the chance to take to the track on Honda’s special NSR500 two-stroke Grand Prix machines for the first time at an event at Motegi.

Joining Honda’s top stars for the annual ‘Thanks Day,’ the MotoGP racers were given the opportunity to test Honda’s NSX supercar, as well as racing go-karts and CBR250s against Formula 1 star Fernando Alonso and ex-F1 pilot Takuma Sato, Toni Bou, Suzuka 8 hour winner Takumi Takahashi, Hiroshi Aoyama and Kosuke Akiyoshi, and ten drivers from the Super GT series.

Speaking afterwards, Pedrosa was quick to point out how special the chance to ride a 500GP machine for the first time had been.

"It’s been a really good weekend! I had the chance to have some fun and behave like a kid once again, playing with some very special toys! We drove some great cars and also had a chance to ride the NSR500, whilst enjoying ourselves with other riders and drivers.

“It was good to hang out together, talk about our seasons and see drive Honda’s new and old vehicles! I’d like to take this final chance to wish all our fans a very Happy Christmas!"

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Simon Patterson

By Simon Patterson

MotoGP and road racing reporter, photographer, videographer