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Shuhei Aoyama still hungry for future success

Shuhei Aoyama still hungry for future success

Shuhei Aoyama still hungry for future success

Rounding off his debut season in the 250cc category by taking the Rookie Of The Year title, one could be forgiven for thinking that Shuhei Aoyama would be satisfied with his 2006. However, the Japanese rider is hoping for improvement next season to take him to the level of older brother and Red Bull KTM rider Hiroshi.

"At the start of the season I was a strong competitor, but this wasn't necessarily reflected all the time in my results. I calmed down a bit at the midway point in the season, but this also brought me problems when I was too relaxed at crucial moments," reflected Aoyama, before summarizing that "Being in the World Championship isn't easy."

"The level of competition is a world away from the Japanese Championship, with all respect to the riders there. Here you get eaten alive if you aren't pushing all the time, and it is something that is missing from my riding and that I am learning."

Turning his attention to the debutants award, the Repsol Honda rider was somewhat indifferent to the honour. "It might sound like an arrogant statement, but I think that Rookie Of The Year is something pretty normal when you ride for a team of the standard we have here. I'm just sorry that I couldn't have given my team a greater reward."

"I don't have any set goals for 2007, having just completed this season. In any case, I think that aspiring to finish in the top three at the end of next season and improve my riding are the kind of targets I should be giving myself," the Japanese rider commented when asked to assess his future progression plan. "I want to improve my skill level, but also I want to see this improvement reflected in my results."

250cc, 2006, Hiroshi Aoyama

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