MotoGP Injury Updates

The 2010 MotoGP season has been highlighted by two serious accidents that sidelined riders for a few races, most notably Valentino Rossi and Hiroshi Aoyama.

After a nasty highside that broke his leg during practice at round 4 in Mugello, the nine-time world champion Rossi was out. Then at the next round in Silverstone, Aoyama smashed his Interwetten Honda MotoGP bike during practice, fracturing his T12 vertebra.

Rossi missed four races, but made a surprising return for the Germany GP. From the looks of things, Aoyama isn’t too far away from returning. Although a date isn’t set for Aoyama, a video on MotoGP shows that the Japanese rider is recovering well, and enjoying some rigorous rehabilitation program.

Hiroshi Aoyama says: “I feel I’m getting better every day. I have also started training in the swimming pool, and also a little bit with my arms in the gym. I can feel my progression. I would like to try the bike because I see the others racing every weekend and I feel I want to try, but I have to be careful because the bone I broke is very important.”

“I think my arms and legs are almost as they were before, but my back maybe is at 70% or 80%, so not 100% yet. When I do some exercise I always need the support corset so when I can exercise without that I will be at more or less 90%, and then I can start to ride the bike.”

“It is a little bit strange because I have never missed any races in the last six years. I have been watching the races and it is a bit stressful, but somehow good to take a bit of rest after last season and I have enough motivation to try again now.”

MotoGP says Aoyama is attending regular training sessions at the Royal Club Fitness & Spa Hotel Rey Juan Carlos I in Barcelona, and his progress is providing great encouragement to the 250cc World Champion.

Aoyama Fast Facts:

  • Aoyama is the third Japanese rider to win the 250cc world title joining Tetsuya Harada in 1993 and Daijiro Kato in 2001.
  • He is the first Honda rider to win a world championship in any class since Nicky Hayden took the MotoGP title in 2006.
  • He is the first Japanese rider to win a world title in any class since Daijiro Kato took the 250cc championship in 2001.
  • Aoyama finished in the top eight at every race in 2009.
  • He has not missed starting a Grand Prix since making his debut as a full-time GP rider at the first race of 2004.
  • At the San Marino Grand Prix this year Aoyama became the first Japanese rider to pass the milestone of 100 Grand Prix starts in the 250cc class.