WSBK » Optimistic Aoyama set for ‘home’ race

Barcelona resident Hiroshi Aoyama looks ahead to his 'home' round at Motorland Aragon as he bids to turn in a much-needed good result for Honda.

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tucker - Unregistered

June 27, 2012 12:07 PM

How is he a disgrace can I ask? Ok he is struggling on the bike, but he's not the first and won't be the last. Aoyama is a good rider, people are comparing him to how Melandri, Biaggi and Checa have done in SBK, but the difference is, they all had about 5 years experience on a 4 stroke in MotoGP, Aoyama just 2, and in 2010 he was out injured for about 5 races and was hurt for the rest of the season. I don't see him being in World SBK in 2013, either WSS or Moto2 or CRT for Aoyama in 2013, lets hope he finds his 2009 form again.

Nate Dogg - Unregistered

June 27, 2012 1:06 PM

Im an Aoyama fan. But that 2009 250cc Championship was won by having the best bike on the grid. The bike was, on paper, essentially the same bike that had been last developed for Dani Pedrosa in 2005, then passed onto Dovi for a couple of seasons and then Hiroshi. However, with it being the last ever 2T 250cc Championship, Honda came out with some special parts for Hiroshi's bike that never appeared on his team mate Raffael De Rosa's machine.

bigphil sp1 - Unregistered

June 27, 2012 1:39 PM

Aoyama is just having the same problems as those who have gone before him.Unfortunately he has Johnny Rea as a team mate and is being judged against Rea's exceptional talent.

tomcol - Unregistered

June 27, 2012 3:53 PM

As I have said before, I dont go along with the lack of experience on 4 strokes or vice versa. If you are a good rider you can ride anything. None of Reas teammates have been bad of course, just that they are up against an exceptional talent, in my opinion. God knows how he would go on a decent bike.

tucker - Unregistered

June 27, 2012 9:35 PM

Mostly it's European teams, but where are half the bikes on the grid from? Honda, Kawasaki and Suzuki (formerly Yamaha) all Japanese manufacturers. It's a sham that SBKs don't race in Japan, it's supposed to be a WORLD Championship. Only having 2 rounds atm outside of europe is a big problem, and don't get my started on WSS!

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