Reigning 250cc world champion and 2010 MotoGP rookie Hiroshi Aoyama says the Le Mans circuit tends to suit Japanese riders due to its similarity with Motegi.
Both circuits contain a lot of hard braking and accelerating and Aoyama will be looking to exploit the one day test after Jerez to beat his best MotoGP finish tenth on Sunday.
“I expect a lot from Le Mans,” said the Interwetten Honda rider. “I know the track and don't mind it, but the weather is very critical there. It is always dry/rain/dry/rain and never all dry or all wet. But the layout of the track is very close to the Motegi track with a lot of stop-and-go sections and that suits the Japanese riders somehow.
“We have tested a lot in Jerez the day after the race and I have a much better feeling with the bike now. I hope the feeling will be there from the first practice on and to improve during these sessions to be strong in the race. Nevertheless I never had a podium there, so we will have to wait and see what happens,” he declared.
“In Jerez Hiro´s first lap was not very lucky,” added team manager Daniel Epp. “That was a pity, but this happens. For Le Mans I hope that Hiro can tie up with the performance he showed in Qatar. The whole team deserves a good result and I hope that we can achieve that in the third race of the season.”