New parts for Aoyama for leadership defence

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Wednesday, 15 July 2009

Honda backing Scot Racing man’s title push with mechanical updates.

Scot Racing rider Hiroshi Aoyama reignited his title charge with a win at the previous round of the 250cc World Championship in Assen, and the Japanese rider now leads the series in the run-upto the Alice Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland. His performances since the start of the final year of quarter-litre category racing have turned Honda heads as well as those of the fans, something that is evident in the preparations for the German round.

Minimal development has supposedly been made on the two-stroke machine used by Honda in recent years, as the factory streamlined their presence in the 250cc class. However, Aoyama will have some new pieces with which to work when he goes in search of victory in Sachsenring –a feat that he achieved back in 2007.

“Sachsenring is a circuit where it's difficult to properly set up the bike, and the weather can further complicate things,” said the 27 year-old ahead of the class’ resumption. “On the plus side, I like the track and we also have some new parts to test. I hope they can give us a boost and help me to defend my leadership in the championship.”

Honda’s 250cc bike is usually down on power compared to the all-conquering Aprilia and Gilera RSA machines, but the compact nature of the Sachsenring circuit will minimalise the breakaway potential of Aoyama’s rivals. For this reason, the race couldn’t have come at a better time for the man at the head of the standings.

“I am glad to be on the top of the points ladder. I'm very confident in my team and I will keep pushing all the way to the end,” he affirmed earlier this week.

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