After a forced break of two weeks in which the world was putting its eyes on the Eyjafjallajokull volcano of Iceland, the motorcycle world championship starts into its second round now. After the cancellation of the Japanese Grand Prix the next and therefore second race of the season
2010 will be the Grand Prix of Jerez de la Frontera on the andalusian track in Spain.
Hiroshi Aoyama, who is the only Japanese competitor in the MotoGP class, had to resign from his home Grand Prix until October. But also his memories for the andalusian track in Jerez de la Frontera should not be too bad. Last year he achieved here his first victory on his way to the last ever 250cc world title of the history of motorcycle racing. This memory will give the 28 years old Japanese a special kick off for the first European Grand Prix in 2010.
Hiroshi Aoyama: As I had to resign from my home Grand Prix, because of its cancellation last week, the more I look forward to the race in Jerez. I had a lot of time in Japan to relax with my family and to recover some new energy. This Grand Prix is just my second race in the MotoGP class, but in 250cc I always liked this track and I won the race here last year. I know I still have to learn a lot in MotoGP, but I hope and expect that we will have a good race here.
Daniel M. Epp, Team Manager: The tenth place in Qatar was a successful start in the season. Hiro had good lap times and I hope for the next Grand Prix as well. Unfortunately Hiro didn't have his home race because of the cancellation of the Japanese Grand Prix, but therefore he has some more time to get stronger until October when we make up for this GP. Despite the good result in Qatar we still have a lot of work to do and the test program is not finished yet, so each training must be used as much as possible. All opportunities are still open.
The Andalusian Grand Prix in Jerez de la Frontera in Spain will start with the first free practice of the 125cc class on 30th of April and ends with the MotoGP race on 2nd of May.