Hiroshi Aoyama will return to the MotoGP World Championship at the Circuit of the Americas after being called up to replace the sidelined Dani Pedrosa.

The Japanese rider, who has started 64 MotoGP races since making his debut in 2010, joined HRC at the end of the 2014 season in the role of test and development rider after losing his race seat with the Drive M7 Aspar team.

However, the confirmation that Pedrosa - who suffered with arm pump issues in Qatar - will miss the next two events as he recovers from surgery on his troublesome forearm, means Aoyama will get a call up to join Marc Marquez on the factory Repsol Honda.

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As a result, Aoyama will ride the bike at the Circuit of the Americas in the United States and then again at the Termas de Rio Hondo venue in Argentina.

Aoyama has previously competed for Repsol Honda in 2011 at Assen, also in place of an injured Pedrosa, while his best finish in the sport is a fourth place achieved at the Spanish Grand Prix in the same year riding the San Carlo Gresini Honda.


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This is good for Aoyama who was never given a chance on a MotoGp factory bike. After winning the 250cc class, a satellite team took him in. Like Simoncelli, guys like these can do good if given the chance.

titfortat: Why not give his seat to an up and comer like Scott Redding or Aleix Espargaro, maybe even Cal...?

I'm sure all of those people would be happy to ditch their team and pay whatever fine for the chance to show what they can really do. [\blockquote]

I don't quite think you understand what it means to be contracted to a team. Additionally, both Redding and Cal are riding factory spec'd HRC bikes.

Realistically, HRC only has a few options to fill the seat: Aoyama, Stoner (contracted as a test rider), or one the HRC WSBK riders who may not be currently riding in a race or race weekend.

And as far as Stoner is concerned, Livio Suppo made it clear that Stoner wants nothing to do with GP racing at the moment.