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Aoyama returns to scene of his worst injury

Aoyama returns to scene of his worst injury

The Japanese rider denies that he will participate at Silverstone riding for Repsol Honda.

Hiroshi Aoyama returns to Silverstone this weekend, the circuit where last year he suffered a severe crash that resulted in a spinal injury, keeping him away from the track for two months until his return in Indianapolis.

"Naturally I don’t have good memories of Silverstone," said Aoyama on, "Because that’s where I broke my back in 2010. But that was last year. I trust I will have better luck in 2011. The team is working hard to improve the bike, we improve the set-up at every race, but the results have just arrived. I'm not getting the results I wanted, I need to improve and give more of myself, as my goal is to be near the top five. I know it is not easy, but I’ll keep trying."

Regarding rumors of his possibly replacing Dani Pedrosa on the Repsol Honda team at the Silverstone race, Aoyama confirms that there were talks about it: "It is true we were talking about it, and that we even considered the option, but we ultimately rejected it, because if I left my team they would have trouble finding a replacement. It was a good opportunity but in any case I am very satisfied with my team.”

MotoGP, 2011, AIRASIA BRITISH GRAND PRIX, Hiroshi Aoyama

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