Indianapolis GP: Interwetten Honda qualifying report

13th place on the grid for strong performer Aoyama Hiroshi Aoyama was surprised himself about the great result of the qualifying for the U.S. Grand Prix in Indianapolis today and gave also the Interwetten Honda MotoGP Team a big motivation for...

13th place on the grid for strong performer Aoyama

Hiroshi Aoyama was surprised himself about the great result of the qualifying for the U.S. Grand Prix in Indianapolis today and gave also the Interwetten Honda MotoGP Team a big motivation for the remaining weekend. Aoyama finished the session as 13th after he has to stay home for two months with a broken vertebra.

Aoyama says that he did not expect such a result, but knows that in Qualifying you only need one fast lap and not 28 laps like in a race. Nevertheless the 28 year old Japanese will not start the race tomorrow with pressure as the concentration will not lay on the result in the race here in Indianapolis. It is more important that he gets back into the racing flow. The strong performance let the Interwetten Honda MotoGP Team and Aoyama peek at a better result in the race as well though.

Hiroshi Aoyama, 13 - 1'41.631:
"If you look at the conditions I am here with, I really did not expect such a result today. The gap to the other riders is not big though, neither in front, nor in the back. All possibilities are open, to the front, but also to the back. We have to be realistic. I was quite at the limit today, but I think after a two months break this was not a bad start and I am happy about that."

Daniel M. Epp, Team Manager:
"The Qualifying went better than we expected. Nevertheless we don't want to expect too much for the race tomorrow as I think Hiro cannot keep this pace during a whole race yet. But this is not the target and never was for Indy. Hiro needs a little bit more time and then we will see where he can be."

-source: interwetten

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