With just one week remaining before the start of the 2013 MotoGP World Championship the Aspar Team today unveiled the three teams that will be challenging for honours in all three categories in a ceremony at the iconic 'Casa de la Beneficencia' in Valencia. Once again the Aspar Team will be the biggest single structure in the paddock, competing with two riders in each of the Moto3, Moto2 and MotoGP classes.
Well known Spanish television presenters Melisa Jiménez and Mela Chércoles, who this year form the line-up of national channel Telecinco's coverage, took charge of the ceremony, which got underway at around 8pm with a video showing highlights of the Aspar Team in action in the Moto3, Moto2 and MotoGP World Championships. The welcome was followed by the unveiling of the Moto3 and Moto2 bikes and riders. In Moto3 the Mapfre Aspar Team will again run a Kalex chassis, to be ridden by Jonas Folger and Eric Granado. Jonas was the form rider in the second half of last season and with a full year ahead of him together with the Mapfre Aspar Team he is one of the outstanding candidates for the title. Eric is a Brazilian youngster contesting his debut season and he has already proved to be one of the surprise packages of winter testing.
In Moto2 the Aspar Team will again be using a chassis made by 2012 title winners Suter, with Nico Terol and Jordi Torres on board. Nico was the 125cc World Champion in 2011 whilst Jordi lifted the Spanish Moto2 title in 2011 and 2012. After the presentation of the Moto3 and Moto2 teams Mr Jesús Martínez, Mapfre's Business CEO in Spain, made a short speech wishing both teams all the best for the upcoming season.
In the MotoGP class the Power Electronics Aspar Team features the same line-up that produced such strong results in 2012. The Spanish team will once again be backed by the multi-national company Power Electronics, with experienced riders Aleix Espargaró and Randy De Puniet in the saddle. The pair were the top two CRT riders in the championship and will again be riding the all-conquering ART machine. So far the Power Electronics pairing have set the CRT standard in 2013, dominating preseason with the kind of form they will hope to continue throughout the campaign. A speech from Mr Amadeo Salvo, Director General of Power Electronics, brought an end to the MotoGP section of the presentation.
Aspar Team Principal Mr Jorge Martínez 'Aspar' then took to the stage to thank all the sponsors for their unwavering support. He was also keen to thank the Valencia city council for allowing use of the Casa de la Beneficencia as well as city council president Mr Alfonso Rus, who made a short speech to bring the ceremony to a close. Cocktails and refreshments were then served to the guests.
Jorge Martínez 'Aspar': "Once again the Aspar Team will be the biggest private structure in the MotoGP paddock, with teams in all three categories. It is an international project, with three Spanish riders and three from other countries, but our main target as it is every season is to be competitive and to try and win the World Championship in each of the three categories. We think we have the riders and the team structure to do it. It has been an honour to share this stage tonight with our sponsors. Their hard work, collaboration and help is invaluable and without each and every one of them we would not be able to move forward with such an ambitious project. Our main target is to pay back the faith they have shown in us with results on the track. We will have to work hard, from the first to the last member of the Aspar TEAM, but I know that will happen, like every year."
Amadeo Salvo: "For Power Electronics it is an honour to continue for another season with our sponsorship of the Aspar Team in the top class of MotoGP. The 2012 season saw the team comfortably meet with our expectations on the track, winning the CRT title, but also in terms of international placement of the Power Electronics brand around the world. When you have a great team nothing is impossible, which is what the Power Electronics Aspar Team have already proved, and we are sure that we can continue to enjoying success together in 2013".
Aleix Espargaró: "I have been in the World Championship for a number of years now and to find a team like the Power Electronics Aspar Team, with the level of support they give you and the way they make you feel so comfortable, is not easy. When I signed for the team last year they welcomed me with open arms and with a lot of hard work we finished the season as the best CRT in the championship. To be back with Power Electronics Aspar Team for another year is fantastic for me and I just hope to have as much fun as last season and to be fighting once again with my team-mate Randy to be the top CRT. The presentation went really well and like last year the location was awesome. It is the perfect way to fire us up for the first race in Qatar".
Randy De Puniet: "The weather hasn't been too kind to us this preseason but we have got some good testing done and I think we are ready for the first race of the season. It is interesting to see the improvements the other teams have made and I think there will be more riders in the mix to be the best CRT this season. The Power Electronics Aspar Team is still the best there is, as we showed last year, and staying here was the best option for me. We were the top two CRT riders in the championship last year and I hope we can do it again this season, but hopefully with me ahead of Aleix this time. This wonderful presentation has put the shine on the preseason and now we can look ahead to the first race."