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Aoyama reflects on Hiro-ic Donington Podium

Aoyama reflects on Hiro-ic Donington Podium

After a first half of the season blighted by injuries, Hiroshi Aoyama finally returned to the podium at Donington Park last Sunday.

After a first half of the season blighted by injuries, Hiroshi Aoyama finally returned to the podium at Donington Park last Sunday. His first rostrum finish since Portugal at the tail end of last year, the older of the two Aoyama brothers made it two successful weekends in a row for KTM with a magnificent third place, just edging out fellow Japanese rider Yuki Takahashi in a sprint to the line.

´I had a feeling this morning that we could achieve a good result today, and to end up with my first podium finish of this season is a big relief after all the difficulties we´ve had so far,´ said Aoyama after the race. Having qualified tenth, he had a tough task on his hands when he dropped down the order, but a command of the treacherous track paid dividends for the 25 year-old as he worked his way back through the field.

´It was a very difficult race, because the stronger the rain got, the more I was sliding around. I saw a lot of other riders crashing, and it was not easy to stay concentrated, he added. I had someone following me closely all the time. I saw ´0.5 seconds´ on my pit board whenever I passed the main straight, so I couldn´t relax. When I pushed to go faster, I was sliding a lot, but there was no way to be careful either, because the others would have caught me.

Experiencing wheel grip problems, Aoyamas team-mate and 250cc rookie Mika Kallio also claimed a top six finish despite a late crash. ´I managed to keep a good position throughout the race despite the problem but, in the last lap, I lost the front. It was my fault really, but it also happened so quickly that there was nothing I could do. I was able to carry on and still finish the race in an acceptable position but my speed and my lap times were not so good! said the Finn, who had the good fortune to have established enough of a lead to drag his bike over the line and only lose a solitary place.

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250cc, 2007, NICKEL & DIME BRITISH GRAND PRIX, Hiroshi Aoyama

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