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Aoyama starts premier class career with top-10 finish

Aoyama starts premier class career with top-10 finish

The Interwetten Honda MotoGP rider achieved his and his team’s aim of placing inside the top 10 in his first MotoGP race.

Hiroshi Aoyama and the Interwetten Honda MotoGP team accomplished their aim for the season-opening race at the Commercialbank Grand Prix of Qatar on Sunday, as the 250cc World Champion secured 10th place.

Aoyama had struggled to find a comfortable feeling with his RC212V machine in practice, but in qualifying he managed to correct the issue and secured 10th place on the grid – the highest qualification position of all the rookies.

He matched that position in the actual race and a points-scoring start to his premier class career was of great satisfaction to Aoyama.

“This is a good result, not great, but good,” said the 28 year-old. “I pushed throughout the 22 laps and did what I was able to do. I had a bad start and lost some positions in the first few laps that I had to pull back. For this reason 10th place is a good result for my first MotoGP race. If I had started better I don't know where I could have finished.”

MotoGP, 2010, COMMERCIALBANK GRAND PRIX OF QATAR, Hiroshi Aoyama, Interwetten Honda MotoGP

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