French GP: Interwetten Honda race report

Aoyama in Le Mans 11th After a difficult race weekend for Hiroshi Aoyama and the Interwetten Honda MotoGP Team he finished the Grand Prix of Le Mans more or less satisfied. In front of 82.270 spectators Aoyama gave all and fought himself to 11th...

Aoyama in Le Mans 11th

After a difficult race weekend for Hiroshi Aoyama and the Interwetten Honda MotoGP Team he finished the Grand Prix of Le Mans more or less satisfied. In front of 82.270 spectators Aoyama gave all and fought himself to 11th place. He now also is on 11th position in the world championship standings.

The front tyre of Aoyama's bike had to be changed on the starting grid as Aoyama didn't have grip during the warm up lap and with a completely new tyre you cannot push as you wish and he had to be careful. After some careful laps Aoyama was on the way to eighth position, but he had to step back and could not reach this target as he did a little riding mistake at the end.

The whole team learned a lot from this weekend and can take important data and knowledge to the next race in Mugello where they will continue the work on Aoyama's position in the race and in the championship.

Hiroshi Aoyama, 11 -- 44'34.346:
We found a much better set up and I was able to stay with the other riders. We were competitive today and I think we grew up. I think we take a lot with us after this race and I hope we can keep improving. Of course I am not really happy with the result as I lost two positions because of a small mistake I did. I could have been further in front. I was able to attack the eighth position, but I think that this target was too big and I had to step back again not to risk anything. I think we gave our best here and I will try that again in the next race.

Daniel Epp, Team Manager:
The whole weekend was not easy, but Hiro's performance in the race was a big improvement regarding all practices. It is a pity that he could not reach eighth position in the race. The eighth position would have been possible, but it didn't happen. But I am happy that he tried it at least. In the first two laps Hiro lost some time, as he had to ride careful after we changed the front tyre on the starting grid. Hiro didn't feel grip in the warm up lap with the former tyre and we had to react quick and changed it. We were able to collect important data during this weekend and I hope we can improve even more in Mugello.

-source: interwetten

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Series MotoGP
Drivers Hiroshi Aoyama