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'Angry' Aoyama: No-one spared a thought for us 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
Hiroshi Aoyama has launched an 'angry' tirade against what he contends is a lack of thought shown to the 2010 MotoGP rookies – arguing that the limited pre-season testing time is unfair in not allowing newcomers like himself sufficient opportunity to get to grips with their bikes and adequately prepare for the challenge ahead of them.

Aoyama is graduating to the premier class this season with Interwetten Honda off the back of title glory in the 250cc World Championship last year – a result that will see the Japanese star go down in history as the final champion prior to the class' switchover to Moto2.

However, due to the strict regulations, 2010 MotoGP rookies have been able to benefit from only nine days' testing – composed of six days spread over three sessions, plus three prior days at Sepang in Malaysia before Christmas – and Aoyama is concerned that such a lack of track time will leave the field's new arrivals under-prepared and consequently uncompetitive for the Qatar curtain-raiser at Losail in just over week's time.

“I'm not very happy at the moment,” the 28-year-old – who has been off the pace throughout testing – told Motosprint. “I'm angry, because no-one spared a thought for us rookies. The rule limiting testing to six days may be fine for veterans, but for a rookie like me it is a big problem. Six days is nothing.

“Considering the three days we did in December, nine days of testing allows you to understand very little of the bike. The season is now about to start. I hope to be able to [make] some small progress within a couple of races, but I fear more races are needed.

“I need to improve my sensitivity; I need to understand problems more quickly, I need to recognise them and most of all I need to be able to explain them to the technicians. That's how you improve in this class. It's an issue, because sometimes I get confused; I can't fully understand whether the problems come from the chassis, the suspension or the electronics.”

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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.


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.

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