Aoyama slams MotoGP testing restrictions

"Six days is nothing" says 250cc world champ

MOTOGP ROOKIE Hiroshi Aoyama has criticised the cuts in pre-season MotoGP testing, which restricts the time riders can spend on the 800cc machines prior to the 2010 championship start.

The reigning 250cc World Champion told Motosprint magazine that he believes the decision is unfair on rookie riders, and will hamper their performance in the opening races.

"The rule limiting testing to six days may be fine for veterans, but for a rookie like me is a big problem. Six days is nothing."

Rookie riders were granted three extra days of testing before Christmas, taking their total tally to nine, but even so, Aoyama said this was "not enough" to get to grips with the 240bhp machines.

"Considering the three days we did in December, nine days of testing allow you to understand very little of the bike," he said. "The season is now about to start. I hope to be able to do some small progress within a couple of races, but I fear more races are needed.

"I need to improve my sensitivity - I need to understand problems more quickly, I need to recognise them and most of all I need to be able to explain them to the technicians. That's how you improve in this class."

Remember how many times Lorenzo was flicked off a MotoGP bike in his first year?

With a gaggle of ex-250cc racers entering MotoGP in 2010 (simocelli, Bautista, Barbera, Aoyama) we're expecting to see the start of the season littered with crashes.

Via Autosport

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