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Aoyama intrigued by Honda relearning process

Aoyama intrigued by Honda relearning process

Scot Racing rider experiencing interesting re-acquaintance with Japanese machinery.

Japanese rider Hiroshi Aoyama returns to Honda’s 250cc ranks for 2009 after three seasons riding for KTM, as part of an all-new Scot Racing lineup. Aoyama has previously experienced success with the factory’s quarter-litre machinery, most recently in the 2005 season where he finished fourth in the overall standings –behind current MotoGP riders Dani Pedrosa, Casey Stoner and Andrea Dovizioso.

Aoyama began testing with the latest version of the bike last week in Jerez, and undertook a full three days of riding at the Spanish circuit. The following visit to Valencia proved to be less action-packed, but by then the 27 year-old had already formed a strong impression of the machine.

“We stayed in the garage in Valencia because good riding conditions didn’t arrive, but the last test was not too bad. I can see that the bike has good potential, and I hope that it will be a good season.”

The resumption of Aoyama’s relationship with Honda pairs him up with rookie Raffaele de Rosa, although the remaining preseason runs will be just as much of a learning process as for his new Italian colleague. Much has changed since his first stint with the factory, although the situation is more intriguing than worrying for the rider.

“For me it is quite interesting to come back to Honda after three years with KTM,” he explains. “I am surprised that the feeling and riding style that I have developed makes it seem completely different. It looks like I will have to adapt to this bike again from zero.”

250cc, 2009

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