“When we got here [to Sepang] we started where we'd finished in Valencia. We didn't give him anything new except the gearbox, which changes the engine character anyway, and from there it's been a step-by-step process.”
Speaking separately, Aoyama confirmed that he spent the first day at Sepang without any electronic controls, with the electronics then gradually introduced on days two and three.
“We try to keep it as simple as possible,” outlined Jojic. “Listen to his comments. Listen to what he needs and work on the problem he has. If it's a technical bike set-up issue we change that, if it's his 250 riding style then we look at that. He's actually really good. He's coming in with 'I think it's me that's not doing it right'.”
Aoyama feels that he's presently carrying too much mid-corner speed, which is hurting his ability to get the most out of the powerful MotoGP bike on corner exit.
“He's still riding with a 250cc style, but he has adapted,” confirmed Jojic. “In the short time I've been working with him he has already changed. He knows he needs to work on it more, but that is something he can also do while training during the off-season.
“Hiro's basically decided to ask as many questions as he can, to both us and Honda, and we try to show him what MotoGP race winners do, because luckily we have a wealth of information in the garage, in terms of data and/or experience. Overall it's going very well.”
Aoyama was the slowest MotoGP rider on all three days at Valencia - but was fastest on all three days of his rookie test at Sepang, where he was riding alongside former 250cc title rival Marco Simoncelli and the Honda test team.
Aoyama improved his lap time by almost one second on each day to finish 0.9sec clear of Simoncelli's Gresini Honda and just a few tenths from the race lap record of 2min 2.108sec - although the official best circuit lap is a 2min 0.518sec, set by Valentino Rossi during qualifying for the 2009 Malaysian Grand Prix.
Jojic meanwhile is returning to frontline MotoGP action in 2010, having previously been part of Kawasaki's test and development team. But while the RCV chassis is completely new to him, Jojic has worked on a Honda-powered MotoGP bike before, during 2006 and 2007 at Team Roberts.
How has the RCV changed since then?
“Generally I would say that things have evolved - we were using spring valves then and now we have pneumatics for example,” he replied.