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Hiroshi Aoyama

Hiroshi Aoyama has received an offer by HRC to become one of their test riders.

Especially when it comes to testing with the new Michelin tires in 2015, the Honda Racing Coorporation is in need for a younger test rider.

He could possibly replace Shinichi Itoh, who, with his 47 years, seems to be at the end of his career.

Aoyama, being 32 years old, has enough expierence in MotoGP and smaller classes (He’s the 2009 250cc-world champion) to do a good job and therefor will be able to provide actionable informations for the engineers at Honda.

The japanese, after entering the premiere class of motorcycle racing in 2010, is currently riding an “open” Honda alongside Nicky Hayden in the Aspar MotoGP team

He’s listed in 13th place in the overall standings, with the likes of his teammate and Ducati factory rider Cal Crutchlow behind him. 

But despite this satisfying results, there are little chances for Aoyama to continue riding in MotoGP.

A possibility is Iodaracing-Aprilia, but since the team competes with this years bike and has to fight with a lack of sponsors, it won’t be the most attractive choice.

So a position as a test rider for HRC surely is the best offer the japanese could take.


Riccardo Tafà
Riccardo Tafà
Riccardo was born in Giulianova, graduated in law at the University of Bologna and decided to do something else. After a stint at ISFORP (public relations training institute) in Milan, he moved to England. He began his career in London in PR, first at MSP Communication and then at Counsel Limited. Then, following his unhealthy passion for sport, he moved to Jean Paul Libert's SDC and started working in two and four-wheelers, this was in 1991/1992. A brief move to Monaco followed, where he worked alongside the owner of Pro COM, a sports marketing agency founded by Nelson Piquet. He returned to Italy and started working in the first person as RTR, first a consulting firm and then a sports marketing company. Back in 2001 RTR won the ESCA award for the best sports MKTG project in Italy in the year 2000. Among other things, RTR obtained the highest score among all categories and represented Italy in the ESCA European Contest. From that moment on, RTR will no longer participate in other national or international awards. Over the years he takes some satisfaction and swallows a lot of toads. But he is still here, writing in a disenchanted and simple manner, with the aim of giving practical (unsolicited) advice and food for thought.
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