WSBK » Aoyama overcomes slow start for double top ten


Hiroshi Aoyama secures a pair of solid top ten finishes on the World Superbike Championship debut at Phillip Island.

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che - Unregistered

February 27, 2012 7:53 AM

he had not that bad races. his times at the end of both races where good enough for top 4.
lets look what he done in imola.
aoyama is a clear improvment for ten kate honda.

tucker - Unregistered

February 27, 2012 9:24 AM

I think he did a fine job in the 2 races. He has always been a better racer than qualifier. He only had one pole in his championship winning season in 2009. I think we'll see this guy in the top 10 of the championship at the end of the season.

DBL

February 27, 2012 11:24 AM

Two good solid races to start with, good for the confidence and not too far behind Rea. Ten Kate have either made bike others can ride or found someone else like Rea who will ride it hard.

Fausto Gresini - Unregistered

February 28, 2012 2:07 AM

Clearly Aoyama is not in the same league as current and past ex-Motogp greats.
The really talented Motogp racers who came to WSBK left a significant mark on the series from the very first race.
Biaggi, Spies, Melandri and not to forget Simoncelli are fine example of this.
To be happy to finish 8th and 9th on the first race that's really disappointing coming from the last 250 WC.

Ridgeracer - Unregistered

February 28, 2012 7:39 AM

@fausto gresini

yeah but arguably, biaggi, spies, melandri and simo all had better bikes to ride when they stepped into wsbk, aswell as more manufacterer help.

even though im a honda fan, Ive gotta say the CBR is just not competitive enough, JR is doing a stellar job putting it near the sharp end. Hope both of these boys have a good run this year :)

Fausto Gresini - Unregistered

February 28, 2012 8:50 AM

@Ridgeracer,
Your're right to a certain extend.
Hiro came fresh from Motogp and as the last 250 WC. He's still with Honda therefore, expectation for him to do well in WSBK is high.

Max came to WSBK after 1 year absence in competitive racing. Raced a production based gixxer on different tyre and you know what was his result for Race 1 against the mighty Bayliss and Co.

Spies too came from Suzuki in AMA into the all new crossplane R1. In short these guys showed exceptional talents and why they were or still at Motogp.

The measure of CBR's competitiveness is so far by the results achieved by JR. But i would expect Hiro to bring the level of competitiveness a couple of notches up. Just like Biaggi, Spies, Melandri & Simo came and dominated their respective team mates.

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