After the best result of a seventh place last Sunday at the Motorcycle Grand Prix of Malaysia in Sepang, Hiroshi Aoyama and the Interwetten Honda MotoGP Team arrive with new energy and motivation to the last of the three successive Grand Prix...
After the best result of a seventh place last Sunday at the Motorcycle Grand Prix of Malaysia in Sepang, Hiroshi Aoyama and the Interwetten Honda MotoGP Team arrive with new energy and motivation to the last of the three successive Grand Prix races at Phillip Island in Australia. Two weeks ago Aoyama finished his home race in Motegi / Japan with his second Top 10 result of this season and was able to improve this result with a seventh place on his favourite racetrack in Sepang / Malaysia. The 28-year-old Japanese has high targets for the Phillip Island race, as he wants to improve his last result furthermore.
Phillip Island will host complete different conditions for the MotoGP riders and teams and it will be a tough weekend for the MotoGP circus, that hasn't been on European sole for two weeks now. The difference of the temperature regarding to Malaysia is around minus 20o.C degrees and it will not be easy to find the best settings for the Honda RC212V in these new conditions. If Aoyama's feeling with the bike is good from the first session he will be trying hard to finish higher than seventh in the Australian Grand Prix race.
"Phillip Island will not be an easy race weekend. The conditions there are very different as in Sepang. We have to adjust the settings of my bike to the conditions there and also the racetrack is quite tough, but I like it. If we can manage to get me a good feeling with the bike from the first session on, then I hope I can stay with the group from the beginning and finish higher than in the last race."