Brought in by Honda LCR to replace de Puniet at Laguna Seca - his first MotoGP race since 2007 and first ever for Honda - where he did a decent, if unspectacular, job at his home race by staying on two wheels and getting the better of de Angelis to rise from 17th and last on the grid to eleventh.
20. Kousuke Akiyoshi – Interwetten Honda (4 points): D
The Honda test rider was a stop-gap replacement for Aoyama at Interwetten Honda for Assen and Catalunya, but never threatened MotoGP pace. He was lapped in Assen then finished 69sec behind the winner in Catalunya. Only highlight was beating fellow test rider Wataru Yoshikawa at Catalunya (see below) and he did bring the bike home safely in both races. Gets a D for never troubling the slowest of the MotoGP regulars.
21. Wataru Yoshikawa – Fiat Yamaha (1 point): D-
Brought in by Fiat Yamaha to replace the injured Valentino Rossi
at Catalunya, aging test rider Yoshikawa was never expected to do more than ride around at the back. That said, finishing 25 seconds behind fellow test rider Akiyoshi, whilst riding for the best bike/team combo in MotoGP - and on a bike Yoshikawa should know well - is a poor performance. D- for being beaten by Akiyoshi.