Japanese GP: Interwetten Honda Friday report

Home pressure blasts Aoyama into Top 6 The home Grand Prix of Hiroshi Aoyama at the Twin Ring Motegi in Japan started promising for the Interwetten Honda MotoGP Team as the pressure of his home crowd of fans and family and the improvements of...

Home pressure blasts Aoyama into Top 6

The home Grand Prix of Hiroshi Aoyama at the Twin Ring Motegi in Japan started promising for the Interwetten Honda MotoGP Team as the pressure of his home crowd of fans and family and the improvements of his physical condition after the crash in Silverstone three months ago blast him into the Top 6 today in the first free practice. Aoyama is hoping to at least keep this result also in the Qualifying session tomorrow.

Hiroshi Aoyama, 6 -- 1'49.357:
"Everybody said that it will rain today and nobody expected such a nice weather. This helped a lot to try many different settings today, that we wanted to try out since Aragon. This track is not the best for finding the set up, but I have the advantage that I know this track very well and I could help with the set up. It seems not to be perfect yet, but we could improve a lot and we will continue in this direction. For the first time out I had a very good feeling today. It is my home race and special for me. I am under a lot of pressure here and I hope that I can improve my result in each session."

Daniel M. Epp, Team Manager:
"About three months ago Hiro had his bad injury and you can see that he is almost recovered from that, so he can open the throttle again. His sixth position in today's practice showed that he wants to announce himself back in the Top 10 for Motegi and the following races."

-source: interwetten

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Series MotoGP
Drivers Hiroshi Aoyama