MotoGP » Avintia confirms Aoyama for MotoGP 2013


"I am excited to go back to action in this class and to try their CRT machine" - Hiroshi Aoyama.

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JSUK - Unregistered

November 06, 2012 11:20 AM

Aoyama's a decent rider, but his poor WSBK season raises some questions. Let's see how he goes - surprised the team hasn't waited until after Valencia to confirm a full season. Not sure what Hernandez has done wrong this year, I hope he finds something.

Oli - Unregistered

November 06, 2012 11:42 AM

Glad to see Hiro get another shot, you don't win a 250cc world title easily and looking back over the last 15-20 years, most other 250 champs have become 4-stroke MotoGP winners... Biaggi, Capirossi, Rossi, Melandri, Pedrosa, Lorenzo... The only exceptions are Kato and Sic, who took podiums and surely would have become winners, OJ who took podiums, and the Pog who never raced in MotoGP.

Hiro may not be have been outstanding in MotoGP but he wasn't bad and I'm glad he's back. But he does need to take this last chance though and show he's good enough on a 4T to deserve a longer career in MotoGP.

I agree that Yonny H has had a good season though and hope he gets another ride.

Oli

Jon M - Unregistered

November 06, 2012 11:48 AM

I think Bradley Smith would smoke Aoyama right now on a Moto2, WSS, WSBK or comparable MotoGP/CRT equipment.

In 2009 Aoyama was world champion.
In 2010 it was Toni Elias.

Neither have done great things since. You're only as good as your last season, unfortunately.
A bad year is natural, maybe two, but three?

Rossi bounced back in 2008 after losing to Hayden and Stoner but I just don't think Aoyama is right for MotoGP at the moment.
Lets hope he proves me wrong and can fight it out.

petrolbonce

November 06, 2012 12:14 PM

Sure he was world champion on a 250, but there's no proof that he's got it in him to be anything special on a MotoGP bike. His past record in the class shows him to be just a midfielder.

CRT is proving interesting as it's showing itself to be a way in for riders who've had their chance. Previously it's been pretty normal for riders to find it hard to get back into the premier class once they've tried and failed. CRT seems to be something of a revolving door, both for full time contracted rides as well as one off substitute rides.

The Bad Guy - Unregistered

November 06, 2012 12:36 PM

Hernandez rode the wheels of that bike all Year..And that bike Stinks!!
More Dorna politics..Need a Japanese rider on the Grid.
Hernandez would be well suited for a WSBK ride.

Klein on F1 - Unregistered

November 06, 2012 12:48 PM

Good to see a Japanese rider back in MotoGP full time, especially considering that 7 of the top 8 in the championship are on Japanese bikes. Shame there aren't more up and coming riders in Moto2 and Moto3, seems Takahashi has gone off the boil a bit recently. And what happened to Hiroki Ono?

wotan - Unregistered

November 06, 2012 12:55 PM

He was rubbish on a good superbike so a CRT donkey will be a complete waste of time and money for him - just as CRT is for anybody else for that matter.............

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