Hiroshi Aoyama To Stand-In For Injured Pedrosa At Sepang

"All of us wish for Dani coming back soon, but until he is recovered I’ll do my best for Honda and for the Repsol Honda Team," Aoyama says.

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Japanese rider Hiroshi Aoyama will replace injured Dani Pedrosa for this weekend's Sepang race. The Honda test rider, therefore, will make his second MotoGP appearance in this season, having replaced Pedrosa at Motegi.

The Spaniard had a huge tumble at Motegi Friday practice and broke his collarbone. Aoyama raced at Motegi but he could only finish 15th in his home race. For the next stop at Australia, Aoyama was replaced by former MotoGP world champion Nicky Hayden.

For this weekend, Hayden has his World Superbike Race at Losail International Circuit, Qatar. The team then called up Aoyama and handed a second chance to race Honda MotoGP machine alongside newly crowned World champion Marc Marquez in Malaysia.

Aoyama said, "I'm very glad to have the chance to ride for the Repsol Honda Team again, as in Japan it was a bit challenging to start Saturday morning from FP3, to adapt to the bike and to try and find my rhythm."

"I hope this time things will work out well and I can find a good feeling with the bike since the beginning.

"All of us wish for Dani coming back soon, but until he is recovered I'll do my best for Honda and for the Repsol Honda Team."

Honda officials also updated on Dani's condition, saying: "On Monday he had a check-up that showed the fracture to his collarbone is healing well, as are his right fibula and the fourth metatarsal on his left foot, which he also fractured."

The four-time world champion is still unfit to compete and now he has only just two weeks time to suit for the season finale at Valencia on November 13.

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Story first published: Wednesday, October 26, 2016, 18:01 [IST]
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