Aoyama poised to deputise for Pedrosa
21 June 2011 – Hiroshi Aoyama, team-mate to Marco Simoncelli who collided with Dani Pedrosa in the French Grand Prix, is likely to replace the Spaniard at Assen this weekend. If such a possibility does become reality, Aoyama’s Gresini seat will be briefly occupied by Kousuke Akiyoshi.
“It's been some days since the surgery and I feel much better,” Pedrosa comments from Barcelona. “I don't feel the pain I had before the operation and the evolution has been very good. I've already begun the rehabilitation and I am very positive.
“Every day I notice an improvement and this is very good because I really wish to get back on the bike as soon as possible. To be honest, it will be very difficult for me to make it to Assen, but I really believe I will be okay for Mugello, so now I'm focused on working to get better every day and see how far I get.
“I want to return as soon as possible, but I want to do the right thing.”
Official: Aoyama replaces Pedrosa for Assen
First free practice at Assen begins at 10:10am local time (BST +1) on Thursday