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Mahindra Racing CEO Mufaddal Choonia and Jorge Martínez, the manager of Team Aspar have given motogp.com details of their three-year agreement which comes into play next year.
The two parties are already in regular communication, planning for 2015 and how they will work together in the Moto3™ World Championship and the FIM CEV Repsol.
The link up between the two parties was announced earlier in the season and the Indian manufacturer and the Spanish team have given details of how they intend to function together. Rider line-ups are yet to be defined 100%.
Martinez explained, “It's a project that we are thrilled about and it’s a long term project. The Aspar Team will becomes the official Mahindra team. We'll run not only in the World Championship but also in the CEV with young riders, and we will try to have a test team, the CEV team and the Grand Prix team. It’s Moto3 project from bottom to the top in the World Championship all with Mahindra. We are really looking forward to starting this project.
He continued, “Mahindra work on the bike design at their offices and in the research and development department and the Aspar Team will work on track. Our real experience is with our technicians, with telemetry analysts, working at the track to improve the bike. We use all our experience and work with the riders, and take that to them to test. What we are doing is joining up in terms of expertise.”
On the continual development and improving performance of the Mahindra in the Moto3™ World Championship Martinez stated, “In seven recent races the worst result was a sixth, so the bike is up there. In Silverstone it was a tenth from winning the race and there have been many races that they have been fighting and have made the podium in Holland and Germany. I really think the bike is improving quite a lot.”
Choonia gave Mahindra’s perspective on the Aspar deal, saying, “It is great to have Jorge on board because everybody knows what Jorge is and what Team Aspar stands for. They are one of the most respected teams in the paddock so it is quite a good feeling for us to have been able to partner with them. At the same time I’m really impressed by the commitment that Jorge brings to motorcycling racing in general, to MotoGP and in particular to the Moto3 class. He is so excited about young riders and getting an option to work with them again.”
Choonia expanded, “We will be providing all the factory support to Jorge and to Team Aspar and that is very exciting because as we know they were the Aprilia factory team in the 125 class. So we hope to get back some glory with Aspar. Like we have this year, we have a lot of interest from other teams, including the teams that we are supplying bikes to this year as well. We have a certain commitment to IRTA, to Dorna and to the championship which we will honour and you will see Mahindra bikes, besides Aspar’s bikes, next year.”
Regarding development, Choonia stated, “We are also very happy with the way that the bike has evolved from the beginning of this season and even a little bit from last year. There is a lot of effort that has gone into it. We feel that there is still a lot of scope with this bike to improve. I think that is what has attracted Jorge to Mahindra, because he has seen us working over the last months and from last year on the bike. It is showing in our results now and I don’t want to say that it is more than what it is, but we are almost now fighting for race victories and hopefully next year we will be even stronger with the package. So it is looking good and lets hope that we can finish off this year with at least one victory.”
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