Morrison competes in World Series
Aileen Morrison will line up for the Yokohama leg of the World Triathlon Series which gets underway during the early hours of the morning.
The region is currently in the grips of a typhoon but race organisers are hopeful conditions will have settled in time for Saturday mornings action.
Morrison had a strong start to the 2012 season with a host of podium finishes including the best ever result by an Irish triathlete when she took silver at the Madrid leg of the World Triathlon Series.
The only hiccup was a 42nd place finish at the Olympic Games where a greasy corner resulted in a fall from her bike and deep gash to the elbow.
Looking to get back on track Morrison placed 5th in a top class field in the French GP two weeks ago.
Yokohama boasts another top class field including the likes of Olympic silver medallist Lisa Norden, bronze medallist and current World Number 1 Erin Densham and a host of women ranked inside the top 10 in the world.
Morrison will be hoping for another solid performance with a view to retaining or boasting her World Triathlon Series Ranking which currently stands at 13th.
If weather conditions improve the course should pose no major problems with two 750m laps around the Osambashi pier to start.
The bike and run legs start and finish in Yamashita park and take in the sights of Yokohama’s waterfront during the relatively flat and fast 40km bike and 10km run sections.
Morrison has fond memories of this race having finished 4th here last year.
A similar result this time around would be a major confidence boost ahead of the ITU Grand Final which takes place in Auckland in 3 weeks time.