MotoGP » Aoyama blasts testing rules that penalise rookies

'Angry' MotoGP 2010 rookie Hiroshi Aoyama has hit out at the regulations strictly limiting the pre-season testing allowance - arguing the lack of running heavily penalises the premier class' newcomers

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April 02, 2010 3:51 PM

I've always said that limited testing hurts rookie riders and riders who change brands.

We will hear the same thing next year if Rossi or Lorenzo or Stoner or Pedrosa changes brands. It's hard enough to change brands and understand the bike while developing before the season but to do it in a limited time makes it all the more difficult.

And rookies coming from 250s or were every have never had the experience of the power and grip of a MotoGp bike so of course they need time to adjust. Ben has an advantage of previously racing a MotoGP bike. Look how the other rookies have struggled in testing. Look how the rookies last year struggled.

FZ1 - Unregistered

April 02, 2010 4:12 PM

Maybe they should have stayed in Moto2? Spies switched brands and tires and he's doing fine (he rode the Suzuki MotoGP and was on Pirelli tires all last year). Going from a 250cc 2-stroke to a MotoGP 4-stroke is a big leap. Perhaps it may not be so bad in the future going from Moto2?

If Rossi switched brands I doubt he would need any extra time. The guy can ride anything.

Forget HRC - Unregistered

April 02, 2010 4:19 PM

Spies doesn't seem to have a problem wtih adjusting :?

Still though, Aoyama is going to be the surprise out of the rookies. He is a very technical rider and has a good head on himself.


April 02, 2010 4:30 PM


Youre probably tired of getting blasted for this, but Spies did relatively well on his first outings (wild card rides for Suzuki), and stunning on his full time ride debut. I'm not sure that it was the few extra days on the bike that heaved Spies into the top 5.

I like Aoyama, but it's his rookie year. He will have all year to come to grips with the bike and the class in general.


April 02, 2010 4:35 PM

It is the same for all the rookies. At least he knows the tracks. I think the rookies should have had an extra day at all the test.

It is supposed to cost 27,000,000 million to run a MotoGP bike for 2010 according to Road Racing Magazine. Seems they could have spent a minimal amount more to give the rookies a extra day of testing.

But at the end of the day all the rookies are in the same boat. Aoyama is supposed to be a smart rider with excellent setup knowledge. Hopefully Honda will get it together as thus far they have really not shown much.


April 02, 2010 4:40 PM
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Of course less testing time is going to hurt the rookies. Was that ever in doubt?

It's an unfortunate down side to the current economic climate. I'm not saying I like it anymore than Aoyama---though I can hardly relate--but if less testing means more funds to keep the team running the whole season... well, it's no brainer.

One upside to the new testing regulations is it also lessens the gap between factory and satellite teams. You see, even with more tests there's no guarantee a satellite team would have the money to participate anyway. We know the factories would. So, in theory, more testing dates could result in just the factories testing while satellite teams sit at home waiting for April 11th.


April 02, 2010 4:45 PM

1st off everyone is not Spies - can we agree with that? He has shown talent to adapt to new tracks, tires, and bikes that isn't common.

But Spies finished 14th in his debut at Donny so that's really nothing to shout about.

And like I said earlier, Spies has had way more time on a MotoGP bike than the other rookies. He had 3 race weekends and at least 2 test with Suzuki and a full weekend at the last race on the Tech 3 before the other rookies even swung a leg over the bike.

A better gauge would be the rookies from last year and this year. The rookie of the year last year (Kallio) finished the season 15th. Simoncelli and Aoyama both look awful and everyone pegged them to do good.


April 02, 2010 4:49 PM

Good point

There is no guarantee that some teams would test if they had more. Last year Tech 3 missed a test. They said it wasn't because of money but because they had nothing to test. But it's possible that teams would skip out because of money as well.

Wacko - Unregistered

April 02, 2010 4:54 PM

First of all, I rate Aoyama very highly. But seriously these comments were poorly chosen and were obviously a venting of building frustration at his lack of results thus far in the new class. I am sure all of the rookies would love to have some extra testing time to acclimate to the class, but this is the same for all of them. Spies has only seen a half dozen or so of these tracks, where the 250 guys have raced on all of them several times(except Laguna Seca), and you aren't hearing these types of comments from him. Aoyama will do fine if he just relaxes and concentrates on the work at hand instead of lashing out at the sanctioning body. As Woody Harrelson said "Time to Nut up, or Shut up"!

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