MotoGP »

Aoyama tenth in first Laguna Seca race

"Hiroshi is going backwards and that is a strange thing - it seems as though he is lacking motivation" - Fausto Gresini.
Having been given a verbal hurry-up after day one of the US MotoGP, Hiroshi Aoyama finished his first Laguna Seca weekend with a tenth place finish.

The Japanese had been just 17th and 16th (out of 18 riders) during Friday practice, prompting Aoyama's team manager Fausto Gresini to say:

"Hiroshi is going through a difficult period and we expect more from him considering the potential he showed in the first part of the season," said former racer Gresini.

"He is going backwards and that is a strange thing - it seems as though he is lacking motivation and I find that hard to understand because he can do much better than this and I expect much more from him.”

Aoyama, who suffered a heavy fall while substituting for Dani Pedrosa at the factory Honda team during the Dutch TT weekend, felt 'partly satisfied' with his tenth place in the race.

The Japanese overtook rookie Karel Abraham on the final lap, as the Ducati rider struggled with a technical problem.

“Starting from 14th place is never easy so I had to make a few passes before I could get into my true rhythm. I am partly satisfied to have finished tenth but it was a tough race because I am still not physically fit," said Aoyama.

"My intention was to make it to the end and I am happy I did that because this was my first race here at Laguna. Now we have a short break and I hope I can come back stronger in the next race at Brno, ready to fight for a good result.”

“Tenth for Hiroshi is not a result worthy of celebration but it was important for him to finish this one and I am sure he will be much more motivated for the next one at Brno," added Gresini.

Aoyama took his satellite spec RC212V to a fourth place finish at the wet Jerez race earlier this year.

The former 250cc world champion is now ninth in the championship, one place ahead of factory mounted team-mate Marco Simoncelli, who suffered his fourth DNF of the year on Sunday.



Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
Aoyama, USA MotoGP race 2011
Smith crash, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP tests.November 2016
Smith crash, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP tests.November 2016
Smith crash, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP tests.November 2016
Smith crash, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP tests.November 2016
Smith, Redding, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP tests.November 2016
Sam Lowes, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP tests.November 2016
Sam Lowes, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP tests.November 2016
Redding, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP tests.November 2016
Redding, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP tests.November 2016
Redding, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP tests.November 2016
Redding, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP tests.November 2016
Redding, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP tests.November 2016
Pirro, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP tests.November 2016
Petrucci, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP tests.November 2016
Petrucci, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP tests.November 2016
Petrucci, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP tests.November 2016
Iannone, Jerez WSBK/MotoGP tests.November 2016

Join the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.


Old Greaser - Unregistered

July 26, 2011 1:20 PM

Old man Gresini better have a look at the points table before flying into Aoyama....he's higher than your best mate Siclemesilli and with the added bonus of coming home higher in a race..a 4th place....He's also riding a sat. bike. First time out also on this circuit and still not fully recovered from a previous fall. Not to shabby I'd say. Maybe Old Man Gresini you should mark your hairy factory rider just as hard instead of blowing smoke up his arsse...

RawDawg

July 26, 2011 2:03 PM

Gresini sounds to be a bit too hard on Aoyama compared to his remarks he says about his #1 rider on a factory bike who keeps putting it in the dirt and who is actually behind Aoyama in points.



© 1999 - 2016 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.