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Shuhei Aoyama aiming for improvement on home soil

Shuhei Aoyama aiming for improvement on home soil

After an inconsistent campaign to date, Repsol Hondas Shuhei Aoyama will be desperate for a good result this weekend in front of the home crowd at the A-Style Grand Prix of Japan.

After an inconsistent campaign to date, Repsol Hondas Shuhei Aoyama will be desperate for a good result this weekend in front of the home crowd at the A-Style Grand Prix of Japan.

If the younger of the two Aoyama brothers can match his 2006 result at Motegi it will equal his highest finish in his second full World Championship season this year - sixth at Mugello in June.

After achieving his first podium last year at Le Mans and having finished eighth in the general standings the 22 year-old will be frustrated to have fallen back this season, currently sitting tenth in the championship, just behind his Repsol Honda team-mate Julian Simon.

The pair have faced stiff competition from their Aprilia and KTM 250cc counterparts, but Japanese riders often manage a jump in performance level in home soil, so Aoyama is upbeat about the visit to his home circuit.

It is a special race and I am dying to race at Motegi, he enthused. It is a circuit that I know very well and I like. Two years ago I got a wild card and I qualified on the first row of the grid. Last year, in spite of not getting such a good classification, I felt good, so I will race at Motegi desperate to put in a good performance and get a good result.

Summarising his season so far he continued: This has been a difficult year for us, since Aprilia and KTM have been much faster than last year. Honda on the other hand has improved some things, but the difference has been very big compared to the other makes. Since the race in Jerez there has not been an easy race. I have done my best but I have not got on the podium or got a good result. It has been quite difficult.

I have to open the throttle, explained the Honda rider on what he needs to do to step up results. I have to go faster and taking into account the fact that the bike cannot be improved much more, it is me who has to go faster. Its not easy, but I have to continue learning, improve my riding style, and concentrate on my work so as to understand the bike and the circuits better, and so be up with the leading riders.

Tags:
250cc, 2007, A-STYLE GRAND PRIX OF JAPAN, Hiroshi Aoyama

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