Hiroshi Aoyama, rumoured to be heading to Aspar Honda alongside Nicky Hayden next season, gave little away regarding his 2014 plans at Motegi on Thursday.

"Well we are talking with some teams, but I think it is a little bit early to make an announcement," replied Aoyama, who currently rides an FTR-Kawasaki for Avintia Blusens, when asked about the Aspar speculation.

"But we are on the way and I think it is a good way for me."

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Aoyama scored points just once in the opening nine rounds of this year, but has done so in five of the last seven races, including a season-best eleventh place at Sepang.

"I had some injuries in the middle of the season and I was a little bit down, but now my confidence and physical condition is getting better by the race," said the former 250cc world champion. "Motegi is one of my favourite race tracks, I have good memories from 250. With CRT it is not easy, but the weather looks unpredictable so we could have a big chance."

Aoyama is the only full time Japanese rider in MotoGP.