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‘Aspar’ honoured with Jerez corner naming

‘Aspar’ honoured with Jerez corner naming

The former rider and now boss of teams in each of the three World Championship categories had a corner at the circuit named after him during the Gran Premio bwin de España over the weekend.

Turn 8 at the Jerez circuit is now known as ‘Aspar’ in tribute to Jorge Martínez ‘Aspar’, the former rider and now successful team boss across all three World Championship classes. Following the MotoGP warm-up session at the Gran Premio bwin de España on Sunday, Martínez received the prestigious recognition from the circuit when he was personally honoured.

Shortly before the 125cc race Martínez was driven to Turn 8 of the Andalusian track, where a sculpture that will stand in his honour had been placed. The metal monument is the work of Manuel González Pazo, and combines a crown, 'Aspar's’ number five from his riding days, a globe and a replica of his trademark helmet design. A commemorative plaque completes the tribute.

The announcement was made by Jerez Mayoress Pilar Sánchez, Dorna CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta, FIM President Vito Ippólito, and Jerez Circuit Director Juan Álvarez and Manager José Ramón García.

"Without a doubt, to have a corner named after me at the Circuito de Jerez is an enormous honour, especially as here has always felt like home. People here have treated me very well, the fans have been fantastic in their support... I have only good things to say about the people of Jerez,” said a delighted Martínez, who joined Ángel Nieto, Sito Pons and Alex Crivillé in being immortalised with the naming of a corner after him.

”I am excited, because this recognition is part of my history and of my life, so I will never forget this great day. It is difficult to express all that I feel at this moment, but it is important to continue making history.”

Continuing, he said: “Twenty-three years ago I raced here for the first time in a Grand Prix, and I have taken five wins as a Team Manager since 2002. I would like to thank the Mayoress of Jerez, Pilar Sánchez, Circuit Director Juan Álvarez and Dorna, as it is because of them that this corner takes my name. I also thank all the fans who have taken me into their hearts for such a long time, and to all the riders who have passed through my team and have built its fame through their victories."

You can watch footage of the event in the attached motogp.com video.

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MotoGP, 2010, GRAN PREMIO bwin DE ESPAÑA

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