Hiroshi Aoyama

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Hiroshi Aoyama
Hiroshi Aoyama.jpg
Nationality  Japanese
Born (1981-10-25) October 25, 1981 (age 33)
Ichihara, Chiba (Japan)
Current team Honda Racing Corporation (test rider)
Bike number 7
Website hiro-aoyama.com
Motorcycle racing career statistics
MotoGP World Championship
Active years 20102014
Manufacturers Honda, BQR, FTR
Championships 0
2014 Championship position 14th (68 pts)
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
64 0 0 0 0 235
250cc World Championship
Active years 20002009
Manufacturers Honda, KTM
Championships 1 (2009)
2009 Championship position 1st (261 pts)
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
104 9 27 8 11 1112
Superbike World Championship
Active years 2012
Manufacturers Honda
Championships 0
2012 Championship position 18th (61.5 pts)
Starts Wins Podiums Poles F. laps Points
27 0 0 0 0 61.5

Hiroshi Aoyama (青山 博一 Aoyama Hiroshi?, born October 25, 1981) is a Japanese Grand Prix motorcycle road racer. He is the older brother of former 250cc and World Superbike rider, Shuhei Aoyama.

In his six seasons in the 250cc World Championship, he raced Honda and KTM machinery in an Aprilia-dominated class. He took eight victories and never finished lower than seventh overall. He won the 2009 250cc World Championship, becoming the last ever winner of this class before its replacement by the Moto2 class in 2010. In 2010 Aoyama makes the move up to the premier class with Interwetten Racing.

Career[edit]

Early years[edit]

Born in Ichihara, Chiba, Aoyama first raced in MiniMoto at the age of 4, racing against Yuki Takahashi, who he has raced against for most of his career. In 2008 he referred to Takahashi as a "respected rival".

He rode in the All-Japan Road Racing Championship until 2003, when he won the 250cc championship with Honda. He also rode a couple of events as wildcard rider in the Grand Prix World Championships, finishing 2nd in the 2003 Japanese Grand Prix at Suzuka.

World championship[edit]

Aoyama, riding a KTM, at the 2007 Japanese Grand Prix.

In 2004 he joined the 250cc World Championship full-time, still racing for Honda. His debut season gave him two third places and 6th place in the championship. In the following year he scored his maiden victory in his home race at Motegi and finished the championship in 4th place.

However, he wasn't able to stay on at Honda, so he moved to KTM for 2006 season. He brought them victories in Istanbul and Motegi, the first two for the manufacturer in the class. For the second year in row, he was 4th in overall standings.

Aoyama ended the 2007 season in sixth place in the 250 championship with victories in Germany and Malaysia. He remained with KTM for the 2008 season and finished the season in seventh place with two second-place finishes.

After KTM's withdrawal from 250cc class, Aoyama returned to Honda with Team Scot replacing his rival Yuki Takahashi who briefly moved up to MotoGP class. The 2009 season went well as he scored 4 wins, 3 second places and finished every other race in the points. At last race of the season Aoyama became the world champion.

Aoyama stepped up to MotoGP in 2010 on board the Emmi Caffé Latte Team Honda RC212V. In initial testing the team (which is itself new to MotoGP) opted not to use the electronic rider aids, despite the bikes being designed around them. The team's technical director Tom Jojic explained that he wanted Aoyama to experience the bike's true nature, and believes that he is good enough to be competitive on it.[1] His season was wrecked by a fractured vertebra sustained in a practice crash at Silverstone, eliminating him for much of the season.[2]

Aoyama was a consistent race finisher in 2011, mainly finishing in the bottom end of the top ten, but finished fourth in the Spanish Grand Prix. Aoyama also replaced Dani Pedrosa on the factory-spec Repsol Honda bike for the Dutch TT in Assen, after Pedrosa's injury at the French Grand Prix. Aoyama will move to World Superbikes for the 2012 season, joining Jonathan Rea at Castrol Honda.

Career statistics[edit]

Aoyama at the 2010 British Grand Prix.

Grand Prix racing[edit]

By season[edit]

Seas Class Moto Team Race Win Pod Pole FLap Pts Plcd WCh
2000 250cc Honda 1 0 0 0 0 8 28th  –
2001 250cc Honda 2 0 0 0 0 3 28th  –
2002 250cc Honda 2 0 0 0 0 9 27th  –
2003 250cc Honda Harc Pro Racing 2 0 1 1 1 31 15th  –
2004 250cc Honda RS250RW Telefónica Movistar Honda 16 0 2 0 0 128 6th  –
2005 250cc Honda RS250RW Telefónica Movistar Honda 16 1 4 2 0 180 4th  –
2006 250cc KTM Red Bull KTM 16 2 7 1 4 193 4th  –
2007 250cc KTM 250 FPR Red Bull KTM 17 2 4 1 2 160 6th  –
2008 250cc KTM 250 FPR Red Bull KTM 16 0 2 1 0 139 7th  –
2009 250cc Honda RS250RW Scot Racing Team 16 4 7 2 4 261 1st 1
2010 MotoGP Honda RC212V Interwetten Honda 12 0 0 0 0 53 15th  –
2011 MotoGP Honda RC212V San Carlo Honda Gresini 17 0 0 0 0 98 10th  –
Repsol Honda
2012 MotoGP BQR CRT Avintia Blusens 1 0 0 0 0 3 25th  –
2013 MotoGP FTR Avintia Blusens 16 0 0 0 0 13 20th  –
2014 MotoGP Honda RCV1000R DriveM7 Aspar 18 0 0 0 0 68 14th  –
Total 168 9 27 8 11 1347 1

By class[edit]

Class Seas 1st GP 1st Pod 1st Win Race Win Pod Pole FLap Pts WCh
250cc 2000–2009 2000 Pacific 2003 Japan 2005 Japan 104 9 27 8 11 1112 1
MotoGP 2010–2014 2010 Qatar 64 0 0 0 0 235 0
Total 2000–2014 2000 Pacific 2003 Japan 2005 Japan 168 9 27 8 11 1347 1

Races by year[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position, races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Class Bike 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 Pos Pts
2000 250cc Honda RSA MAL JPN SPA FRA ITA CAT NED GBR GER CZE POR VAL BRA PAC
8
AUS 28th 8
2001 250cc Honda JPN
13
RSA SPA FRA ITA CAT NED GBR GER CZE POR VAL PAC
21
AUS MAL BRA 28th 3
2002 250cc Honda JPN
12
RSA SPA FRA ITA CAT NED GBR GER CZE POR BRA PAC
11
MAL AUS VAL 27th 9
2003 250cc Honda JPN
2
RSA SPA FRA ITA CAT NED GBR GER CZE POR BRA PAC
5
MAL AUS VAL 15th 31
2004 250cc Honda RSA
11
SPA
Ret
FRA
4
ITA
9
CAT
6
NED
10
BRA
6
GER
4
GBR
9
CZE
7
POR
9
JPN
3
QAT
3
MAL
Ret
AUS
7
VAL
DSQ
6th 128
2005 250cc Honda SPA
Ret
POR
6
CHN
3
FRA
6
ITA
7
CAT
4
NED
4
GBR
Ret
GER
3
CZE
5
JPN
1
MAL
5
QAT
6
AUS
6
TUR
3
VAL
6
4th 180
2006 250cc KTM SPA
6
QAT
5
TUR
1
CHN
3
FRA
4
ITA
Ret
CAT
6
NED
9
GBR
3
GER
8
CZE
3
MAL
Ret
AUS
3
JPN
1
POR
2
VAL
Ret
4th 193
2007 250cc KTM QAT
Ret
SPA
6
TUR
Ret
CHN
9
FRA
Ret
ITA
21
CAT
7
GBR
3
NED
5
GER
1
CZE
6
RSM
2
POR
Ret
JPN
8
AUS
4
MAL
1
VAL
10
6th 160
2008 250cc KTM QAT
16
SPA
4
POR
5
CHN
2
FRA
7
ITA
8
CAT
7
GBR
6
NED
6
GER
8
CZE
13
RSM
Ret
IND
C
JPN
9
AUS
Ret
MAL
2
VAL
5
7th 139
2009 250cc Honda QAT
4
JPN
2
SPA
1
FRA
8
ITA
6
CAT
2
NED
1
GER
4
GBR
1
CZE
4
IND
2
RSM
4
POR
4
AUS
7
MAL
1
VAL
7
1st 261
2010 MotoGP Honda QAT
10
SPA
14
FRA
11
ITA
11
GBR
DNS
NED CAT GER USA CZE IND
12
RSM
12
ARA
13
JPN
10
MAL
7
AUS
13
POR
12
VAL
14
15th 53
2011 MotoGP Honda QAT
10
SPA
4
POR
7
FRA
8
CAT
Ret
GBR
9
NED
8
ITA
11
GER
15
USA
10
CZE
9
IND
9
RSM
11
ARA
11
JPN
9
AUS
Ret
MAL
C
VAL
12
10th 98
2012 MotoGP BQR QAT SPA POR FRA CAT GBR NED GER ITA USA IND CZE RSM ARA JPN MAL AUS VAL
13
25th 3
2013 MotoGP FTR QAT
15
AME
17
SPA
18
FRA
19
ITA
Ret
CAT
WD
NED GER
17
USA
16
IND
15
CZE
14
GBR
18
RSM
14
ARA
14
MAL
11
AUS
20
JPN
17
VAL
16
20th 13
2014 MotoGP Honda QAT
11
AME
12
ARG
10
SPA
12
FRA
14
ITA
14
CAT
15
NED
16
GER
12
IND
10
CZE
13
GBR
14
RSM
12
ARA
8
JPN
13
AUS
8
MAL
11
VAL
15
14th 68

Superbike World Championship[edit]

By season[edit]

Season Moto Team Race Win Pod Pole FLap Pts Plcd WCh
2012 Honda CBR1000RR Honda World Superbike Team 27 0 0 0 0 61.5 18th  –
Total 27 0 0 0 0 61.5 0

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Aoyama 'electronics-off' strategy explained". crash.net (Crash Media Group). 2010-01-04. Retrieved 2010-10-20. 
  2. ^ "Aoyama recovering, but no word on return". crash.net (Crash Media Group). 2010-08-02. Retrieved 2010-08-02. 

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Preceded by
Marco Simoncelli
250 cc Motorcycle World Champion
2009
Succeeded by
Toni Elías (Moto2)