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Ducati involved in Aspar MotoGP conversation

Ducati involved in Aspar MotoGP conversation

After speculation that Ducati could run five bikes in MotoGP next season Jorge Martinez `Aspar´ has confirmed that his plans to enter the premier class may involve the Italian brand.

The owner of the highly successful Mapfre Aspar 250cc and Bancaja Aspar 125cc teams, Jorge Martinez `Aspar´, has confirmed to that Ducati have become involved in his plans to enter the 800cc category in 2009.

Having previously had discussions with Yamaha and Suzuki, Martinez has revealed that Aspar MotoGP project may well involve Ducati, further to recent reports that the Italian factory are considering running five bikes in the premier class next season and are interested in signing current Aspar 250cc star Alvaro Bautista.

Ducati´s openness to such ideas could provide an ideal opportunity for Aspar, with Martinez clarifying the current situation saying, `At every Grand Prix we are working towards a solution and this weekend in Barcelona I hope to have some meetings to move things forward. It would be great if we could confirm things between now and the next round in England. There have been some significant developments since France, there are new names in the frame. The main thing is that there is interest in our arrival in MotoGP.´

He continued, `There are more brands involved in the conversation and Ducati are taking a real interest in bringing the Apsar Team into the premier class, with Alvaro. We are keen too, and, as I say, we want to tie things up as soon as possible.´

When asked whether he believes Bautista is 100% ready for MotoGP racing following his modest start to the 250cc season, Martinez responded, `What I can say about that is that we want our team in MotoGP, but it is a bit too early to say for certain that it will definitely be with Alvaro. I think he needs to rediscover his form and calmness and get back to winning Grands Prix. I truly believe that he is the best rider in the 250cc field and therefore I think that in the future we should be able to talk about things more specifically in terms of the rider for our MotoGP project.´

MotoGP, 2008, Alvaro Bautista

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