French GP: Interwetten Honda qualifying report

Aoyama's feeling for bike better The second day of the Grand Prix of Le Mans started similar for Hiroshi Aoyama as the first day finished with a difficult free practice. But already this morning the improvements could be seen and were confirmed...

Aoyama's feeling for bike better

The second day of the Grand Prix of Le Mans started similar for Hiroshi Aoyama as the first day finished with a difficult free practice. But already this morning the improvements could be seen and were confirmed at the qualifying practice this afternoon, which Aoyama finished with the 14th position on the grid tomorrow. The lap times of the 28 years old Japanese are still not perfect, but he and his team will do their best to improve the set up of the Honda RC212V further tomorrow morning in the Warm up.

Aoyama, who had an operation two weeks ago on his left hand as he suffered some problems with stiffness after the sessions, hopes that it wont be too cold tomorrow in the Warm up so he can improve his times a bit more before the race of the Grand Prix of Le Mans. Some of the lap times seen today during Qualifying were giving some hope to the Interwetten Honda MotoGP Team.

Hiroshi Aoyama, 14 -- 1'34.979:
The feeling with my bike improved a bit today and I could push a little harder at the end of the session, but we still have problems in the tight corners and we really need to find a solution for that. I think we still have the possibility to work on the bike and I will also try to find a better riding line. But it could be difficult tomorrow morning as it always is colder in the mornings here and this won't help to find the right Set up for the race if the temperature rises again in the afternoon. We will do our best to find the best solution for that.

Daniel Epp, Team Manager:
The situation yesterday was really bad. Today the place Hiro finished the Qualifying with didn't look any better, but his feeling with the bike improved and this is a step forward for us. I don't know if the operation he had two weeks ago on his left hand is having a big influence on his performance. But if we can do another step forward tomorrow, we could be in the Top 10.

-source: interwetten

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Series MotoGP
Drivers Hiroshi Aoyama