The Twin Ring Motegi is a rider favorite despite being physically demanding with brutally hard-braking zones and quick changes of direction that force riders to be much more physical in lifting their bikes up out of the corners than other tracks with longer, larger-radius bends.
It is also the only race in Japan, making it the home GP for both Honda and Yamaha though a little more so for Honda as they built the track in 1997 and still maintain ownership.
At the end of the race one of these manufacturers would be quite satisfied, the other not so much.
Fans witnessed brilliant riding, a disappointing effort from one of the championship leaders, a crash explained away by an excuse that strains tenability and a heartbreaking ending for a rider who deserved better.
I'll start with the heartbreak.