French GP: Interwetten Honda preview

The third Grand Prix of the Motorcycle world championship 2010 will take place next weekend. This time the journey goes to France and the race will be held at the traditional circuit of Le Mans. Since 1969 world championship races are part of the...

The third Grand Prix of the Motorcycle world championship 2010 will take place next weekend. This time the journey goes to France and the race will be held at the traditional circuit of Le Mans. Since 1969 world championship races are part of the circuit's history and the track is mostly known for its spectacular 24-hours races.

Hiroshi Aoyama expects a lot from the French Grand Prix. After the last race in Jerez he and his team stayed on for a day of testing and the improvements they did there were incredible, Aoyama says. The track in Le Mans is not a new one for the MotoGP rookie and he thinks that the layout is quite similar to the Twin Ring in Motegi. The track itself suits the Japanese; only the weather has to stay stable.

The 28 years old youngster had an operation at his left hand after the second Grand Prix three weeks ago as he had some problems with stiffness in his left hand working with the new MotoGP bike. Now Aoyama hopes he will be fully fit again for the Grand Prix of Le Mans.

Hiroshi Aoyama:
I expect a lot from Le Mans. I know the track and it seems to suit specially the Japanese riders. The layout is quite similar to the Twin Ring in Motegi with its Stop and Go sections and I like this layout. Unfortunately the weather is critical in Le Mans. It changes between wet and dry all the time and it never stays all dry or all wet, so it can happen that the set up work of the weekend has to start from zero on race day. Therefore I hope I will have a good feeling with the bike from the first practice on and that I can improve each day. I recharged my batteries in the last couple of days and I hope I will have a good race.

Daniel Epp, Team Manager:
In Jerez Hiro's first lap was not very lucky. That was a pity, but this happens. For Le Mans I hope that Hiro can tie up with the performance he showed in Qatar. The whole team deserves a good result and I hope that we can achieve that in the third race of the season.

The race weekend in Le Mans / France starts on 21st of May with the first free practice of the 125cc class, and it ends with the MotoGP race on 23rd of May.

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Drivers Hiroshi Aoyama