Hiroshi Aoyama will return to the MotoGP World Championship at the Circuit of the Americas after being called up to replace the sidelined Dani Pedrosa.

The Japanese rider, who has started 64 MotoGP races since making his debut in 2010, joined HRC at the end of the 2014 season in the role of test and development rider after losing his race seat with the Drive M7 Aspar team.

However, the confirmation that Pedrosa - who suffered with arm pump issues in Qatar - will miss the next two events as he recovers from surgery on his troublesome forearm, means Aoyama will get a call up to join Marc Marquez on the factory Repsol Honda.

As a result, Aoyama will ride the bike at the Circuit of the Americas in the United States and then again at the Termas de Rio Hondo venue in Argentina.

Aoyama has previously competed for Repsol Honda in 2011 at Assen, also in place of an injured Pedrosa, while his best finish in the sport is a fourth place achieved at the Spanish Grand Prix in the same year riding the San Carlo Gresini Honda.

 

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