Aoyama hoping to race in Germany

Wednesday, 10 July 2013

Hiroshi Aoyama is attempting to make a comeback to the MotoGP™ paddock in Germany this weekend, having missed the last two races through injury.

The Avintia Blusens rider injured of two fingers on his left hand as a result of a crash on the Saturday of the Catalan Grand Prix. Having been operated on by Dr. Xavier Mir in Barcelona, both fingers were reconstructed but the tip of his ring finger was amputated. The Japanese was substituted for in Barcelona by Javier del Amor, with regular team reserve Ivan Silva then stepping in for Assen.

31-year-old Aoyama – the final 250 class World Champion, in 2009 – will compete at the Sachsenring this weekend, providing he is able to pass the necessary medical tests.

“I am delighted that Dr. Mir has given me permission to travel to Germany to participate in the Grand Prix,” Aoyama says on Wednesday. “I realise that we won’t know exactly how I am until I climb on the bike and get going, but it means a lot just to be going there.

The time I have had since the operation has allowed me to fully recover from injuries received in previous accidents; now we just need to keep an eye on the hand injuries and see how much they are going to limit me but, either way, I am very happy to be able to get back on my bike.”

Aoyama won at the Sachsenring in 2007, then competing in the 250 class in which he would become overall champion two years later.

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