MotoGP veteran Valentino Rossi expressed his feeling towards the upcoming stretch of three races in three weeks. He says it is "not the best way."
After this week's Twin Ring Motegi round, the riders and teams have to fly immediately to Australia for Phillip Island race on October 23, followed by the Malaysian GP a week after on October 30.
This three-week stint has been retained in the 2017 calendar. In the press conference at Motegi, Rossi said, "Three races in a row are always complicated, it's not the best way.
"You can have a small problem in the first one and you pay a lot. Sincerely, I don't like [it] much, three races in a row - it's also a big stress.
"From the other side, you stay on the bike for a lot of time, so you can go faster and faster, and it's three fantastic tracks. I like Motegi, but especially Phillip Island and Sepang, it's always a great pleasure to ride the MotoGP at these three tracks."
The Italian's teammate Jorge Lorenzo has a different opinion about this schedule. He says, "It's tough, but, personally, I like [it], I like staying as much as possible on the bike.
"And normally when you make a race and you have the next race in the next [few] days, normally all your muscles are more ready and you have fewer problems. Should be a good three races."
Championship leader Marc Marquez has a good chance of sealing his third MotoGP title between Motegi and Sepang. His priority is staying out of trouble during this three-week stint.
Marquez said, "It's important to finish all the races, to be there, also keep quiet in practice because you can crash.
"You must control the limit because you have two more races in front."