The Interwetten Honda team hope that Hiroshi Aoyama will finally be able to show his MotoGP potential in his home round at Motegi this weekend.
Aoyama, the reigning 250cc world champion, missed six races after fracturing a vertebra during warm-up at Silverstone, leaving him with a best result of tenth - in round one at Qatar - from his seven race starts.
That compares with a best race finish of 2nd (Ben Spies), 5th (Alvaro Bautista), 6th (Marco Simoncelli) and 8th (Hector Barbera and Aleix Espargaro) by Aoyama's fellow rookies.
“I am looking forward to Motegi. My family will be there to support me and also my friends and fans will come to see me ride," said Aoyama. "Physically I am much better. It is three months now that I have injured my back and the bone almost completely healed. I hope and I wish that I can achieve the best result of this season so far for my team in Motegi.”
“In Motegi Hiro can show what he can do," declared team manager Daniel M. Epp. "It is his home track and we expect much more from him this time. He should be back fully fit again and he knows this track very well. He was able to achieve some big results in the past. I hope Hiro can fight without any worries at this Grand Prix and shows us all what we can expect from him.”