WSBK » Aoyama: I expected a lot more

Hiroshi Aoyama's final event reflects his entire World Superbike Championship season as he bids farewell to the Honda SBK team.

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Pete - Unregistered

October 10, 2012 9:07 AM

Aoyama has been the disappointment of 2012 for me, still think he could do a good job in WSS or Moto2 though. Maybe he's not suited to bigger bikes?

Bluey - Unregistered

October 10, 2012 9:16 AM

he wasn't so good in GP either.

was an ace on the Honda 250 tho, had it down to a science, but from what i understand the technique of riding a GP bike is completely different and a superbike must be yet another animal altogether. Cruthchlow compared it to 'riding a half-filled bath' due to all the chassis flex. i guess Moto2 would be the logical next step for Hiro. he was a great champion in 250. i miss that class!


Plaggie - Unregistered

October 10, 2012 10:03 AM

Aoyama had a very decent start to the season in Philip Island by finishing 8th and 9th, but it's all gone downwards since then. Dissapointing season, I expected a log more from him.


October 10, 2012 10:36 AM

You guys act like he's the first talented rider to struggle on this bike...

Xaus, Neukirschner, EVEN CHECA didn't have the best run with it. It is also, coincidentally maybe, the bike that gave Sofuoglu the rep of not being able to ride a superbike. TBH, JR is the ONLY guy to get anything out of it....


October 10, 2012 10:49 AM

You'd have to say, certainly with reference to the able post, that johnny Rea has seen off some very prestigious team mates. The first rule of racing is to finish past your team mate, and johnny has done that consistently and comprehensively. I will be interesting to see how Leon goes against him next year, but I'd love to have seen how he'd face off against Colin Edwards.

Oli - Unregistered

October 10, 2012 10:58 AM


I agree with your sentiments although I would point out that Hiro is in an entirely different talent league to the likes of Max N and Xaus... well certainly the Xaus of late career on last year's bike (perhaps the Xaus that made the MotoGP podium many years ago would have had a better run!).

I'd compare Hiro's demise on the HRC Superbike more to Tady Okada's ill fated run on the SP. Whilst I agree that the bike is clearly not up there with many of the others, I suspect it's more an issue of a very talented GP rider just not being able to get comfortable with a Superbike.

Another good example: Roby Rolfo - a 250cc runner up, who was so bad on the Ten Kate bike that most people forget he even rode for them. Toseland blew him away. Returned to the GP paddock and won again on a Moto2 years later.

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