Aoyama: the last 250 World Champion

Three home heroes will be on the grid for the Japanese GP at Motegi: last minute Jonas Folger stand-in Kohta Nozane at Monster Yamaha Tech 3, wildcard Katsuyuki Nakasuga (Yamalube Yamaha Factory Racing), winner of the 2017 Suzuka 8H alongside Michael van der Mark and Alex Lowes, and Hiroshi Aoyama, the final 250 World Champion – who replaces Jack Miller at EG 0,0 Marc VDS after the Australian broke his leg in training. Aoyama, an HRC test rider, was last on the grid to replace Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda Team) last season at Motegi after the Spaniard broke his collarbone on Friday.