While in Italy all eyes were on the Monza Rally Show this past weekend, in Japan attention focused on the Motegi track that was once again hosting the Honda Racing Thanks Day, an event that celebrates HRC riders and drivers across all disciplines, on both two and four wheels.
Marc Marquez and Dani Pedrosa were present of course, along with Takaaki Nakagami, trials rider Takashisa Fujinami, MX man Tim Gajser and also Takum Sato, Jenson Button and Stoffel Vandoorne.
A unique occasion that sees all of the Japanese manufacturer's vehicles, from MotoGP to Indy, take to the track. Marc and Dani didn't just head out on two wheels, also taking the wheel of various cars, starting with an F3.
One of the highlights was a race with Super Cubs, a utility scooter. Honda has produced more than 100 million units of this scooter over a 60-year period. A simple vehicle, but one that becomes much more fun in Marquez's hands. It may not have the power of a MotoGP, but the Spaniard proved that it can still be good for sliding… with Marc even demonstrating one of his famous saves when he came close to the barriers. Take a look at the video to see what we mean.
Marquez clearly had a good day: "I had a lot of fun and was able to try many different cars and bikes. This year, for instance, we had the chance to drive an F3 car. It was a new experience that I really enjoyed. It was also an honour to make a lap together with Takuma (Sato) who won at Indy".
Pedrosa also enjoyed the event: "driving the F3 car was one of the best experiences. Last year we tried the NSX, which was very nice, but this time was even better, maybe because I could feel the air, like on my bike. It’s possible to brake so late into the corners, and the entire time that I was driving I was thinking about what it would be like in an F1 car."