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Hiroshi Aoyama on KTM, sibling rivalry and Mugello

Hiroshi Aoyama on KTM, sibling rivalry and Mugello

Hiroshi Aoyama on KTM, sibling rivalry and Mugello

One of the top riders in the 250cc category, Hiroshi Aoyama is having a great season. The KTM rider talked to this week in an exclusive interview, in which he spoke about being third in the classification, racing in Mugello and the epic battle with brother Shuhei in Le Mans.

Hiroshi, your main job in the KTM team is developing the bike, and in what is practically its first season you have already had great success. What can you tell us about the process?

The development is coming along fast….really fast! Every race we get new parts and we test them over the course of the weekend. Nearly everything works well and the direction in which we are going is the right one. To tell you the truth, it is really hard to get the results whilst working on developing the bike, but KTM know how to organise things well.

One of your strengths is your consistency, and you are currently third in the standings. Aside from your mission to develop the bike, you are also out to win the title, right?

Where you finish at the end of the season is important, but I don't want to get ahead of myself. My main job is to improve the bike. Of course, after winning a race everybody is more motivated.

You fought for third with your brother Shuhei in Le Mans. How did that feel?

It was really difficult, because we were thinking the same thing. During the race I could see what he wanted to do, and it was the same for him. It was the first time that we have raced against each other since our minibike days. Next time I want to be battling against him for the win.

You head to Mugello for the next race of the season…

Mugello is a different track to those which we have raced at until now. I want to see how our bike will do there. The race will be difficult, but at the same time it's very interesting.

250cc, 2006, Hiroshi Aoyama

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