After getting another examination in Barcelona by a specialist, Hiroshi Aoyama has been ruled out from racing for at least two months, after the Japanese ride fractured his T12 vertabra. Taking Aoyama’s place will be Honda test rider Kousuke Akiyoshi, which will keep MotoGP from fielding only 15 bikes on the Dutch grid this weekend. Akiyoshi will race for Interwetten Honda at Assen, and also at Barcelona for the Catalan GP.
Interwetten Team Manager Daniel Epp still plans on replacing Aoyama with a more permanent solution after Akiyoshi does his two-ride stint. Epp now finds itself in the precarious position of finding a new rider, while balancing the team’s budget, and conservation of its limited supply of race motors. Who could fit that bill better than Akiyoshi remains to be seen. More as we get it.