WSBK » Hiroshi Aoyama to WSBK with Honda

The Japanese rider will make his WSBK debut in 2012 aboard Honda's heavily updated CBR1000RR Fireblade.

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Sick Cylinder - Unregistered

October 15, 2011 10:08 AM

It will be very interesting to see how Aoyama measures up to Rea next year - I wonder if he has the promise of a MotoGP ride if he wins WSB (like Honda did with Kocinski)?

Honda are obviously massively upping the budget for Ten Kate - in recent years they haven't done much winter testing.

concerned - Unregistered

October 15, 2011 10:18 AM

Oh dear Hiroshi not on that pig of a bike!!?! hardly fitting place to be in 2012 for the last 250gp champ. I wouldve thought aprilia or ducati would be interested in him as he is a smooth rider. Well Honda better keep up with their promise of more suppport, as weve seen the bike is pretty trash except for this RBW tech that has made it better recently. A championship win for JR is long overdue and hopefully Aoyama can iron out the bikes many problems

Richard Mushet

October 15, 2011 10:20 AM

A shame for Hiro that he's not in GP next season as he's definitely one of the more deserving non-aliens in the top class, but I'm really interested to see how he'll do in WSBK.

Hopefully he can aid Rea with the development of the so-called new 'Blade next season.

bloody honda - Unregistered

October 15, 2011 10:30 AM

ehh is this just a marketing exercise from honda for 2012? the apparently 'new' fireblade plus a japanese rider will probs result in a lot of exposure to the japanese. You can expect they will sell the bike well in japan. I just hope hirsohi figures out how to ride the bike well as its tainted a few careers..

yzfstu - Unregistered

October 15, 2011 11:24 AM

Are top riders finally realising that without top spec motogp bikes you've not a cat in hells chance of getting near the podium. Perhaps fighting for wins/podiums in wsbk is more appealing than crossing the line 30-50 seconds after the winner in motogp. Just ask Melandri, Biaggi, Checa.

Andrew - Unregistered

October 15, 2011 12:00 PM

For a supposedly 'dying' series, WSB is a attracting a lot of interest from motogp riders plus once they get here they are not returning after a year

Stavros - Unregistered

October 15, 2011 12:29 PM

Hate to burst your bubble Andrew but WSBK is full of GP riders who got the boot from MotoGP.. if they had any choice in the matter they'd all prefer to be in the teams they got sacked from before they joined WSBK I can assure you! And despite being cast off from MotoGP they still dominate WSBK, which says something about the difference in class.

WSBK isn't dying, but the rules needs to change so that aftermarket GP style electronics are banned. Let them run the electronics the bike comes with only - its supposed to be a production based series after all.

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