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Aoyama ready for adopted home event

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.
Hiroshi Aoyama is hoping his 'home' event of Motorland Aragon will give him a sufficient boost to help turn around a maiden World Superbike Championship season that has thus far failed to live up to expectations.

The former 250GP World Champion has struggled to get acquainted with the premier Superbike series and currently languishes 16th overall with a best finish of eighth position, achieved at the Phillip Island opener.

Nonetheless, Aoyama comes to round eight at Aragon having tested extensively at Assen, even if he suffered a high-speed crash, while the absence of a Japanese round means this Spanish event acts as the Barcelona resident's home event.

“I had a very fast crash at the Assen test but we felt that we found some development and got a good feeling with the bike, especially with the stability on entering the corner. I hope that we can continue this progress in Spain this weekend.

“Aragon is a bit like my home race because it is quite close to Barcelona where I live. I have raced there before so I will try my best with my team to make some good races this weekend.”



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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.

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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