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HIROSHI AOYAMA COMPLETES SATISFACTORY DAY OF TESTING AT JEREZ
DRIVE M7 Aspar rider matches times from race weekend and improves pace, whilst teammate Nicky Hayden sits out test with wrist trouble
Yesterday the Spanish Grand Prix rounded off a busy two weeks of World Championship events, with back to back races in Argentina and at Jerez. In a final effort from the MotoGP riders, today saw a day of testing in Spain. The level of competition in the premier class is such that any time on track is useful to test new things and gather data. The single-day test is the first post-race runout of the season, with each outing coming directly after a Grand Prix. The next will be at the Circuit de Catalunya, followed by Brno. The Jerez track was open from 10am through to 6pm, with testing uninterrupted by the fantastic weather and only paused by a small crash for Andrea Iannone after midday.
It was a perfect day for Hiroshi Aoyama, who tested out several pending setups. The Japanese DRIVE M7 Aspar Team rider went out early, with the intention of trying various chassis modifications, changes in seating position and suspension settings to allow greater speed and consistency when cornering. The day was very positive for him, as he matched his best time from the weekend and set a faster pace -even with used tyres. He concluded his day of testing at 3pm.
Teammate Nicky Hayden decided not to go out on track today, due to the swollen right wrist that has plagued him since Saturday night. The American was operated on during the winter, recovering normally and not suffering during the preseason or start of the championship. On his return home he will undergo a checkup to look at the wrist issue, and he hopes to find the cause of the swelling ahead of the next round in France.
Nicky Hayden: "I went to the Clinica Mobile this morning and the doctors advised me not to ride the bike today. I don't know why, but since Saturday night I have had swelling and discomfort with my wrist. This winter I had my wrist operated and I recovered well, had strength in my hand and everything seemed normal. It seems that it is nothing serious, and although yesterday I suffered a lot during the race, at least I could finish. When I return home I will head to the hospital for further tests to find out why I have a swollen wrist. With the French GP coming up in ten days I think it was the right thing to do to rest today, so that the situation does not worsen. We had no specific material to test, just some setups. We wanted to take the opportunity to try things that we don't have time to look at during a Grand Prix. It would have been nice to ride a little and gather data, but we took the wisest decision. We'll wait until Le Mans, where I hope to continue improving. I think last weekend we took a step forward, and our race pace after the first lap was similar to Dovizioso's. The objective is to continue growing and get even closer to the riders ahead of us."
Hiroshi Aoyama: "Today we used our time to try to improve things we cannot experiment with during race weekends. We also continued to test things we discovered during the past weekend and liked. Basically, we tried to improve our cornering speed, played around with various geometry and suspension options. This afternoon we saw several improvements thanks to our work, so we're happy with that. Also, considering the heat on track, our lap times were very positive. This test has been very productive for us, we found improvements that will help us at the next few races."