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Aoyama on his maiden victory

Aoyama on his maiden victory

Aoyama on his maiden victory

By taking his debut victory last weekend at Motegi, Hiroshi Aoyama moved up to fourth overall and will now try to secure a position in the Championship final top 3.

After several unsuccessful attempts, the Japanese rider eventually took his first GP victory at his home race at the Twin Ring Motegi circuit where he took third last year. He also became the first Japanese rider to win a 250cc race in the last three year - as the last one was Osamu Miyazaki who won the 2002 Japanese then held at Suzuka.

"This is an incredible victory for me," said Aoyama. "To take my first career victory at my home race is more than I could have dreamt of. I've been very focused all weekend although it has been tough to stay away from all the people here with me, who I haven't seen y for a long time."

"Pole was a good sign but I knew that I couldn't relax for the race because it was always going to be very tough. That's the way it turned out. I went out strong from the start, concentrated on my rhythm and seven laps from the end I just pushed with all my strength. I want to dedicate this win to my team and my family, I am so happy."

Hiroshi Aoyama's debut GP victory at the Japanese Grand Prix was the 597th victory for Honda, the most successful manufacturer in Grand Prix racing.

250cc, 2005, GRAND PRIX OF JAPAN, Hiroshi Aoyama

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