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Rider: Hiroshi Aoyama
Team: Castrol Honda
Machine: Honda CBR1000RR
Born: October 25, 1981 in Ichihara Japan
Hiroshi Aoyama’s full-time Grand Prix career began in 2004 after a series of wild card entries in the 250 class between 2000 and 2003. Campaigning with Honda and KTM between 2004-2008, Aoyama fluctuated from fourth to seventh in the overall championship. The Japanese rider hit his stride, however, in 2009 when he returned to Honda and piloted the Japanese bike to the 250GP title – the final 250 championship before it switched to the Moto2 class.
In 2010 during his rookie year, Aoyama was the lone Japanese rider competing in MotoGP. After opening his debut season strong, Aoyama suffered a catastrophic crash while warming up at Silverstone. The 28-year-old sustained a fractured vertebra and was forced out of multiple rounds. Despite the severity of his injury, however, the Japanese rider healed quickly and went on to earn his highest finish of the season in seventh at Malaysia. Overall, Aoyama placed 15th in the championship after missing nearly a third of the season.
For 2011 Aoyama will return to MotoGP after signing a deal with San Carlo Gresini Honda.
Aoyama ended up finishing 10th in MotoGP during the 2011 season, and then switched over to World Superbike for 2012. Riding for Honda World Superbike, Aoyama had a dismal year, breaking the top-10 just three times, the first two of which came in Round 1 at Phillip Island. He ended the year 18th overall.
Following the close of the 2012 WSBK season, Aoyama announced he would return to MotoGP to pilot an Avintia Blusens CRT machine in 2013.
2012 – 18th World Superbike – Honda
2011 – 10th MotoGP – Honda
2010 – 15th MotoGP – Honda
2009 – 1st 250 MotoGP – Honda
2008 – 7th 250 MotoGP – KTM
2007 – 6th 250 MotoGP – KTM
2006 – 4th 250 MotoGP – KTM
2005 – 4th 250 MotoGP – Honda
2004 – 6th 250 MotoGP – Honda