Australian GP: Interwetten Honda qualifying report

Aoyama fighting with critical conditions at Phillip Island The qualifying of the Australian Grand Prix stayed more or less dry today at Phillip Island, until the last four minutes where the rain suddenly started to pour down and Hiroshi Aoyama...

Aoyama fighting with critical conditions at Phillip Island

The qualifying of the Australian Grand Prix stayed more or less dry today at Phillip Island, until the last four minutes where the rain suddenly started to pour down and Hiroshi Aoyama and his MotoGP fellows decided to retreat to their pit garages in the last two minutes of the session to be save from the wind and water.

Aoyama didn't quite feel comfortable with his bike in these conditions and had not much confidence. The problem was the same as in Sepang where the set up of the bike was too sensible. The Interwetten Honda MotoGP Team is now trying to adjust the settings to the unpredictable weather conditions at Phillip Island. As it is not clear yet what weather will be during the race tomorrow this venture is quite difficult. If you count Aoyama's split times together, half a second would have been possible to improve his lap time today and this is a good sign for tomorrow. The 28-year-old Japanese will start the race from 5th row and 13th spot on the grid.

Hiroshi Aoyama, 13 -- 1'33.190:

"The weather here is very critical and I don't feel much confidence on my bike, especially when it is dry. We have to work hard on finding a solution for tomorrow, so I get a better feeling with my bike and can push more. Unfortunately we don't have much time left and the weather is changing consistently. We have to work on the settings tomorrow in Warm up and we need to adjust the electronics. I hope we can find a better solution."

-source: interwetten

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Series MotoGP
Drivers Hiroshi Aoyama , Phillip Island