First, the background, in case you need reminding. It’s the Japanese MotoGP round this weekend, and every rider has arrived at the Motegi circuit, despite some fearing they would grow a second evil head while spending time there following the devastating earthquake/tsunami/nuclear plant damage earlier this year.

Ordinarily, if there were concerning reports coming out from Japan, it would’ve been sensible for MotoGP as a whole not to go. But independent studies gave the all-clear, the Indycar Series didn’t kick up a fuss on the same track when they visited last month and held a mildly-entertaining race.

So for Honda’s Casey Stoner, Yamaha’s Jorge Lorenzo and Ducati’s Valentino Rossi, all of whom at some stage raised serious doubts they’d go in the months leading up to the event (admittedly in Rossi’s case there seems little point, given his miserable season), all of them have made the trip. Eventually.

There are a couple of things worth adding. The first is a tip of the hat in the direction of Rossi’s team-mate Nicky Hayden, who earlier this week cheekily tweeted he wasn’t going in a little prank. While perhaps not everyone got the funny side, I did. Although he is going to leave his shoes in Motegi as a precaution (not quite as drastic a move as Honda’s Dani Pedrosa, who is planning to leave *all* his clothes there. What, is he going to fly back in the nude? That’ll be interesting to explain at customs…). Moto2 rider Claudio Corti is the only rider from the top two classes who hasn’t made the trip, but given his very anonymous season so far, he won’t be missed.

Second is the fact that certain ‘reports’ aren’t helping the paranoia of the paddock at large. Like this one, for example. Pfft. Get a grip, man.

Thirdly is the complaint that having a Japanese GP isn’t what the Japanese people want, because they’ll be too busy rebuilding their nation, particularly around the stricken Fukushima area. Well, sure, they are trying to get that part of the country back on its feet, but it’s more than a little arrogant to assume they don’t want to attend a race for one weekend of the year.

The Indianapolis Formula 1 race in 2001, held just two-and-a-half weeks after the 9/11 attacks, was a huge success and a strong sign against adversity. Holding a motorsport event, likewise, can bring valuable economic benefit to that part of Japan as well as a show of support, if only some people weren’t so danged reluctant. I understand one of the Japanese riders, possibly Hiroshi Aoyama, has been drumming up support for the race as ticket sales have not been healthy- due to the overwhelming negative publicity.

And that’s all. Hopefully.

Disclaimer: I should add my potential hypocrisy in the fact I am a blogger, based in the UK, and could hardly be further away from Motegi if I tried. Well, if I enjoyed flying and had a weekend to spare, and someone gave me £5,000 to turn up at each MotoGP race, I’d happily be there. But seriously, I can’t see the harm in Motegi, and to anyone with an ounce of common sense, they know they’ll receive more radiation in their flight to and from the track than they would spending four days there.