After quite a speculation, Marc VDS team has decided to pick Hiroshi Aoyama as the replacement rider for Jack Miller after the latter had a crash earlier this month resulting in a broken leg.
Aoyama is a former 250GP world champion and has also spent four seasons in the premier class. From 2015, he then joined Honda as a test rider and has played a crucial role in the testing and development of Honda’s MotoGP machine, the RC213V.
Speaking on him replacing Miller for Motegi, Aoyama says, “Firstly I want to wish Jack a speedy recovery and I hope he will be fit to race in his home Grand Prix at Phillip Island. It’s never nice to replace an injured rider but I hope that I can do a good job for both Jack and the team in Motegi. I also want to thank Michael Bartholemy and Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS for giving me the opportunity to race once again in front of the Japanese fans.”
Aoyama will be riding Miller’s RC213V, which he knows inside out. This could be an advantage for him to perform well in the race. He has also worked with many of the members of the team in the past and is glad to get this opportunity to ride again, especially in front of a home crowd.
He says, “I have not raced yet this season, so it will take some time to get back the feeling. The fact that I already know a lot of the crew, having worked with them in the past, will help a lot, as will having a rider with Tito’s experience on the other side of the box. I am looking forward to the weekend ahead!”
Jack Miller currently holds the 12th position in the 2017 MotoGP standings. We wish an early recovery for him and we also wish Hiroshi Aoyama all the best for the Japanese GP this weekend.