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Aoyama revels in Malaysia victory

Aoyama revels in Malaysia victory

Red Bull KTM's Hiroshi Aoyama was delighted after taking his second victory of the season this weekend at the Polini Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix, a race which saw him ride intelligently to secure maximum points after a cautious start.

Red Bull KTM's Hiroshi Aoyama was delighted after taking his second victory of the season this weekend at the Polini Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix, a race which saw him ride intelligently to secure maximum points after a cautious start.

Aoyama started on pole but took a conservative approach in the opening laps as he attempted to save his tyres for a late assault and he was even as low down as seventh place on lap six.

But the 25-year-old Japanese rider gradually fought back from there as he gained confidence in the durability of the compounds on his KTM 250 FRR machine, making a superb charge to move from fourth to first in the last two laps of the race.

His tactically astute approach saw him register the fastest lap time on the final lap of 20 at Sepang to repeat his triumph from Sachsenring earlier this season.

"We thought we would have some front end grip problems during the race, as the new tarmac of this track is very aggressive on the tyres," he commented. "I am very grateful to my team that we were able to find a solution for this. We chose the hardest available tyre for the front, because especially the right hand side was critical over the whole race distance. Sure enough, I could see the other riders sliding towards the end, but I still had something in reserve."

Aoyama continued: "At the beginning of the race, I just tried to keep my own rhythm, to save my tyres and also to be kind to the engine, but as the race went on, things went better and better and I caught up with the group that Mika (Kallio) was in. I started to push a little bit because there weren't too many laps to go. On the last lap I pushed as hard as I could and I did my best lap time."

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250cc, 2007, POLINI MALAYSIAN MOTORCYCLE GRAND PRIX, Hiroshi Aoyama

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