With a short break for reflection in the smaller classes whilst MotoGP visits Laguna Seca, Jorge Martínez has summarised the Aspar season so far.
Despite the disappointment of Álvaro Bautista’s late crash at Assen in the 250cc contest last Saturday things have gone pretty well for team boss Jorge Martínez ‘Aspar’ this season.
Bautista is still in with a very good chance of winning the 250cc championship this year, whilst another 125cc title is a strong possibility given that three of the top four riders in the class represent the Aspar structure.
In the 250cc category, meanwhile, as well as the highly talented Bautista, Aspar also has the current 125cc World title holder riding for him and the Spaniard says of his French charge Mike di Meglio – who was 11th at Assen due to a late tyre deterioration issue – “I’m happy with the job Mike is doing but I still don’t think he has had a complete weekend so far this year, with the bike and tyres at the best level. I’m sure that will happen though and that he will start to get great results.
Meanwhile, Assen also saw an excellent World Championship return for Aleix Espargaró as a replacement rider, the young Catalan competitor stepping in to help out the Balatonring Team as the fourth rider to run for the team this season. Aspar was delighted with Espargaró’s fourth place in The Netherlands, stating, “Aleix really surprised us, going fast right from the first session, so I’m happy for him and happy for our Hungarian team. It has been a hard time for them and for the sponsors. I hope they can do well again in Germany at the next race.”
Of the 125cc title race, which features Bancaja Aspar trio Julián Simón, Bradley Smith and Sergio Gadea, Aspar commented, “It has already been an amazing year, like in 2006 or 2007. We are back to having our riders at the front every round, with Smith, Simón and Gadea all winning races. That’s what I’m really enjoying about it, that they are all doing well and all winning, it’s nice to see. I want us to continue like this and try for another title.”
With one eye already on 2010, and with plans for a move into MotoGP expected to be confirmed shortly, Martínez revealed, “Our plan is to continue in 125cc with two or three riders, though we still need to finalise the projects. In Moto2 we also want two or three bikes on track and in MotoGP we want to have one bike too. I hope that at Sachsenring or Donington in a few weeks’ time we can confirm what the MotoGP bike will be and who will ride it.”