First practice went well for Aoyama Hiroshi Aoyama returned to active racing this afternoon at the first free practice of the U.S. Grand Prix in Indianapolis. After a crash in the Warm up of the British Grand Prix in Silverstone, where he broke...
First practice went well for Aoyama
Hiroshi Aoyama returned to active racing this afternoon at the first free practice of the U.S. Grand Prix in Indianapolis. After a crash in the Warm up of the British Grand Prix in Silverstone, where he broke his 12th vertebra, he had to pause for two months and is now back in action. The 28 year old Japanese already proved at the post-race-test in Brno two weeks ago that he is ready for a return and continued with his good form also today in the first free practice at Indianapolis.
Aoyama finished this practice on sixteenth position with less than a two second gap to first and 0,084 seconds on the previous rider at position 15. This was a satisfying first session for Aoyama and the Interwetten Honda MotoGP Team and the performance he showed in the 27 laps the MotoGP rookie rode that his physical condition already improved since the test in Brno.
Hiroshi Aoyama, 16 - 1'42.874:
"Like all the first practices of any Grand Prix also this one was not easy for me. I have to find my rhythm again and get there step by step. I am still careful in the turns, as I don't want to risk too much. My back is not 100% okay yet. But at the end I was able to go faster than I expected to. I am satisfied with the practice today. My feeling with the bike was not bad and I felt that I am coming back now.
Daniel M. Epp, Team Manager:
"Regarding the fact that Hiro is not 100% fit yet, the first practice went really well. Hiro was able to continue his good form he showed in Brno at the test and he was only missing 0,7 seconds on Melandri's tenth position. He did well and I hope that this race weekend will continue without pain and physical problems for Hiro."