Aoyama confirmed as Avintia Blusens rider for 2013

Tuesday, 6 November 2012

The Avintia Blusens team has confirmed that Hiroshi Aoyama, who is riding as a substitute rider for the team in Valencia this weekend, will join the team full time for the 2013 season.

Aoyama, who is standing in for the injured Yonny Hernandez, is the last man to have won the 250cc Championship in 2009 before it switched to Moto2™. He then contested two seasons in MotoGP™, before moving to WSBK for the 2012 season. The Avintia Blusens team is now banking on Aoyama’s experience to help drive forward their ambitious CRT project.

Hiroshi Aoyama

"First of all I want to thank the Avintia Blusens team for giving me the opportunity to return to the MotoGP World Championship, where I have had my best results as a rider. The team has worked hard this year to develop a new bike and have made great progress. I hope I can help continue the development of the bike and I am convinced that we can do good things together. I'm excited to get back into action in this category and test the CRT. I also want to thank the Honda World Superbike team for giving me permission to ride at the Valencian GP, despite having a contract with them until end of season. I will give the maximum next season, because recent years have not been very good for me. I return with great enthusiasm and am eager to show my full potential."

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