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MotoGP Japan: Aoyama facing uncertain future

“For 2015 I have some options but I haven't decided yet" - Hiroshi Aoyama.
Hiroshi Aoyama, the only Japanese rider in MotoGP, is facing an uncertain future.

Although ranked second out of the Open class Honda riders, Aoyama's seat at the Drive M7 Aspar team looks to have gone to new signing Eugene Laverty - team-mate Nicky Hayden having a contract for 2015.

The only alternative rides still officially available are at Gresini Aprilia, Avintia Ducati and Ioda, which is currently running an Aprilia ART. However Aoyama would like to continue with Honda, which is upgrading its Open class entry from the 'for sale' RCV1000R to the leased, factory-powered RC213V-RS.

“For 2015 I have some options but I haven't decided yet. I want to wait a little bit and see what's going on. I hope I will have some more news by the end of this week.”

Former 250cc world champion Aoyama is 14th in the overall standings, claiming a best race finish of eighth during a dry-wet race last time at Aragon.

“I felt comfortable on the bike in the dry and also in the wet. This weekend we have a 50% possibility of rain on Sunday. I hope it will rain!”

Tagged as: Honda , aoyama

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October 09, 2014 2:25 PM

Such a shame for Aoyama, wins the last 250cc season for Honda ending their 250cc drought since Pedrosa's last title in 2005. As a reward he gets a satellite Interwetten Scot Honda in 2010 which was hardly any good. Then gets the boot the following year after 2011 and tries SBK, underperforms, then falls further into the abyss that is CRT... Endures a 2 year long nightmare there and then is promised by Honda that they'll have a competitive RCV1000R...It's not. Now he could end up without a ride? Nice way to treat your last 250cc World Champion Honda. He deserved a better bike when moving up.

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