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Takahashi and Shuhei Aoyama: 250cc´s last samurais

Takahashi and Shuhei Aoyama: 250cc´s last samurais

Takahashi and Shuhei Aoyama: 250cc´s last samurais

Yuki Takahashi and Shuhei Aoyama are part of the latest batch of Japanese riders to contest the 250cc World Championship. They are both graduates from HRC´s Racing Scholarship program, which has supported new riders for three years and opens doors for them at the highest level.

Takahashi already carries a year´s experience in the World Championship on his young shoulders, and in 2006 he will continue his progression in the same team alongside Italian Andrea Dovizioso. Shuhei Aoyama, brother of new KTM rider Hiroshi, will debut as a regular rider this season under the Repsol Honda banner with tutelage from Alberto Puig.

These two young and promising riders took part in the two day test at the Circuit de Catalunya this week, in which they were able to try out the RS250RW´s latest developments.

"The main difference between last year´s bike and this one is the engine. Acceleration has improved a lot. Regarding the chassis, there haven´t been big changes. This is the Racing Scholarship´s second season, they are going to ask for good results and I will try to do the best I can" explained Takahashi.

Shuhei Aoyama, who participated in last year´s Japanese Grand Prix as a wild card (with a strong showing until a fall forced his retirement), dedicated the sessions to adapting to his new bike. The Humangest Honda rider continues working alongside the HRC engineers on the new prototype. Both his team and Repsol Honda will undertake a new test in Valencia next week, where they will also add Honda test rider Gaku Kamata.

"On the first day I was somewhat worried about not falling and went round rather calmly. The bike is totally different for me and very fast. I also came across some differences with the tyres. A new stage for me is starting now, and I want to take it step by step" explained Aoyama.

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250cc, 2006, Yuki Takahashi, Hiroshi Aoyama

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