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Jorge Martínez ´Aspar´ not worried about the title

Jorge Martínez ´Aspar´ not worried about the title

Jorge Martínez ´Aspar´ not worried about the title

Jorge Martínez ´Aspar´, manager of the team headed by Fonsi Nieto and Toni Elías, claims he his not thinking about the quarter-litre title despite his lead rider lying just 27 points behind series leader Marco Melandri with two rounds remaining. Only 50 points remain up for grabs and victory for Nieto in Australia on Sunday would see the title chase go down to the wire at the team´s home race in Valencia, the final round of the 2002 season. ´We cannot get obsessed with the title at this stage,´ says the former 80cc and 125cc World Champion. `It is true that in Sepang we were dead before the race had started but now we are alive again, but you have to be honest and realistic and recognise that Melandri is a very good rider in a great team. All we are interested in is winning this race and then we will see.´

The team one-two in Malaysia was evidence that Elías can help Nieto in his quest to stop Melandri and Aspar´s philosophy on team orders for this weekend are clear: ´Until the race on Sunday we won´t plan anything. It would be absurd to do so because there is no point. You have to do things step by step in their own time´.

Whatever happens over the next two races, the future of the team looks in safe hands with two outstanding young Spanish riders already looking like title candidates for 2003. ´People tell me it is complicated when you have two roosters in the same chicken shed, but I don´t see it that way. Everybody would like the same problem. As a team we have to give our best to both riders and let them work it out on the track´.

One of Aspar´s former students, Arnaud Vincent, is also on the verge of greatness as he looks to clinch the 125 title this weekend and the Frenchman will have the support of his former boss. ´Arnaud is a great rider and a great person and I hope with all hope that he wins the title. After two years with the team it left a big hole when he left. He was lacing a little in attitude and consistency but he has had both those things this season.´

250cc, 2002, SKYY VODKA Australian Grand Prix

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