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MotoGP Japan: Aoyama to replace injured Pedrosa

"This definitely is not the best way to come into a race, but I'll try and give my best for Honda in front of my friends and fans" - Hiroshi Aoyama.
Former MotoGP racer and current HRC test rider Hiroshi Aoyama will replace the injured Dani Pedrosa for the remainder of the Japanese Grand Prix weekend.

Pedrosa fractured his collarbone in a huge Friday highside and is returning to Spain for surgery.

The Repsol Honda rider said: "My best wishes to Hiro, who is replacing me and will race in front of his home crowd.”

“First of all, I'm very sorry for Dani and I wish him a fast recovery," declared Aoyama. "This definitely is not the best way to come into a race, but anyway, I'll try and give my best for Honda in front of my friends and fans.

"I won't be able to use my racing number, as 7 has already been taken by Mike Jones, so I'll use 73, which is the number I used in my first season in the 250cc GPs.”

Aoyama, the 2009 250cc world champion, spent four seasons as a full time MotoGP rider, with a best result of fourth. He switched to test riding duties at the end of 2014, but competed in three races for Repsol Honda last year when Pedrosa required arm pump surgery (best finish eleventh) and then once as a stand-in for Karel Abraham.




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Garcia

October 14, 2016 12:21 PM
Last Edited 56 days ago

I think it's the logical thing to do to replace an unexpectedly injured rider with a test rider .They are lucky it was in Japan and Aoyama was ready on such short notice, otherwise they bike would have stayed in the garage on Sunday as it often happens. They can't just get Crutchlow and put him on Pedrosas bike, what about Ceccinello and all the sponsors? Are they to be left without rider? Cal has done Friday test already with his own bike, the LCR team has been working hard with Cal to get resuts it wouldn't be fair. With Barbera situation obviously is different because Iannone has been injured for weeks and Pirro is not available to replace him this weekend. Also having a Japanese rider on race in their home race makes sense is good for the japanese fans. I don't see any problem with it.

ciku

October 14, 2016 9:51 AM

last time the opportunities came, Aoyama didn't made the best of it.. 3 races as Dani's replacement last year n he retired on last 2, another ride as Abraham's ends just the same (DNF). i actually prefer Honda to put Takahashi instead..



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