Japanese GP: Interwetten Honda qualifying report

Aoyama disappointed with starting position for home race The Qualifying for the Home Grand Prix of Hiroshi Aoyama at the Twin Ring Motegi unfortunately went completely in the different direction than expected and the 28 year old and the ...

Aoyama disappointed with starting position for home race

The Qualifying for the Home Grand Prix of Hiroshi Aoyama at the Twin Ring Motegi unfortunately went completely in the different direction than expected and the 28 year old and the Interwetten Honda MotoGP Team are disappointed with the starting position for tomorrow's race. The concentration now is on Aoyama's feeling with the bike as it was much better in yesterday's practice when he finished sixth. The Qualifying he finished on 14th position. For tomorrow Aoyama's target is to achieve the best result of the season so far for himself and his team.

Hiroshi Aoyama, 14 -- 1'48.396:
"We lost some positions and I am not happy about that. Nevertheless we could improve our lap time in the afternoon and that is something positive. As you know the qualifying is different to the race and the race still can be a good one, but I am definitely not happy with the result of the qualifying."

Tom Jojic, Crew Chief:
"Today was an interesting day. We worked a lot with the set up and tried to improve the chassis. We found a good direction with this. The problem with braking Hiro has since he came back in Brno still exists and this is also the biggest problem we have to solve. We have to concentrate to solve this problem."

Daniel M. Epp, Team Manager:
"The starting position is not what we expected today. We were looking for much more here. Unfortunately Hiro was going wide in the gravel seven minutes before the finish of the qualifying and lost some time. And his last fast lap was 2 seconds to late; otherwise he could have qualified in the Top 10. For tomorrow Hiro needs a very good start and he has to ride on full attack."

-source: interwetten

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Series MotoGP
Drivers Hiroshi Aoyama