WSBK » Hiroshi Aoyama makes Castrol Honda debut


Aoyama completes first World Superbike laps during a Castrol Honda test at Losail.

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IdiocyPersonified

November 16, 2011 10:30 AM

He'll do nothing in WSBK, just like MotoGP. He'll spend a couple of years getting at best top 15 results (with the best machinery btw) then go back to Japan to compete in their domestic season......Just call me Nostradamus.

che - Unregistered

November 16, 2011 10:34 AM

@ideotic
nice name. seams to fit to your comment. he was 10th this season. secend best non factory rider and last 250cc wc on a 5 year old honda against riders like simoncielli, bautista, barbera on factory aprilias.
think about it ideotic

SupaHeroz

November 16, 2011 10:40 AM

A lot is going to depend on the bike next year but if it's capable of running up front, i'd expect to see Hiro competitive from the start.
Not sure he'll quite be able to match Rea but he'll certainly be a lot closer than Johnny's last 2 team mates.

aho - Unregistered

November 16, 2011 11:15 AM

Took forever for him to land a factory bike contract. It's strange after him giving the last 250 title to Honda with the old bike in the competitive field. Wonder if Honda sort of punished him for going to KTM. Maybe he worked hard enough for them during MotoGP, so finally he might be getting fair treatment. Hope so and hope he can show that he can win.

MCPO - Unregistered

November 16, 2011 12:03 PM

I'm a bit undecided about this. There's no doubt that Hiro's an exceptional rider, his 250 world title on that old steam powered Honda is all the proof you need of that fact. I'm thinking that bike has given all it can already and is showing it's age a bit. So he might struggle to get really good results regardless of his ability.

pp916 - Unregistered

November 16, 2011 12:24 PM

Ten Kate is not a factory team, though I suspect that they will be getting more input from Honda next year and the bike should be a proper upgrade.....there's only so much humiliation the big H can take.

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