Former MotoGP rider Hiroshi Aoyama will collaborate with Dorna and Alberto Puig to help develop the careers of talented young Asian riders.

The 2009 250cc world champion will combine his new role as a HRC test rider with closely supporting young compatriots Kaito Toba, Yuta Date and Ayumu Sasaki in all the series they compete in such as the Moto3 Junior World Championship, the Shell Advance Asia Talent Cup and the Red Bull MotoGP Rookies Cup.

Aoyama commented that he is, "delighted with this proposal from Dorna. I will be involved in something which really motivates me, passing on the knowledge I have gained during my time on track to young Asian riders, especially the Japanese guys.

"Also, I'm especially pleased to be working alongside Alberto Puig, a person with whom I started my international career in 2004 and who has always guided me as a rider. I also want to thank HRC for allowing me to combine this role with being a test rider. It will be a busy year!"

Dorna CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta added: "We are very pleased Hiroshi Aoyama has joined this project. After his retirement from competition, we did not want to miss out on this opportunity to benefit from the experience he brings.

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"For Japanese riders, Aoyama is a role model as the last Japanese person to win a world title. I would also like to thank HRC for their willingness to allow him to combine this activity with his role as a MotoGP test rider. This again demonstrates the depth of HRC's commitment to this project."