'Aspar' reviews intermediate class season so far

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Wednesday, 9 July 2014

The manager of the Mapfre Aspar Moto2 outfit Jorge Martinez ‘Aspar’ has given his views on what his team needs to do to get back to winning ways in the intermediate class.

With Nico Terol and Jordi Torres 28th and 16th respectively in the current Moto2™ standings - having both won races last season - Martinez has his options open in terms of rider line-up and technical package for 2015.

“Moto2 is the big let down for us this year. It's where we're really going wrong. We find it difficult to really understand what is happening, because at the end of last season in the last five races, Nico Terol was the rider who scored most points. He won in Aragon and Valencia, we also made ​​the podium in Australia (Torres) and we were always in the leading group towards the end of the season," Martinez comments.

“Both riders say that the front end does not give them confidence this year, they have crashed more than expected, especially in preseason, and this has made ​​them lose confidence in the bike. I think in this case it is more a problem with the chassis or front tyre, than with the team. If the riders are not confident, it is very difficult. What we are trying at all costs is to make them feel comfortable again and confident with the technical team, which is the same as last year when they won. Our idea is to give them the best chance to return to fight for the podium or victory.”

Regarding a possible switch in technical supplier for next year Martinez states, “For our part we want a winning team. I've always wanted that. Sometimes it’s easy and sometimes it’s difficult to have everything in place so that a rider can win. Now with Suter, we are trying to improve everything possible to make the bike more competitive. In September we will decide whether to continue with Suter or switch to Kalex. That is a decision that we’ll take with the input of our riders.”

Regarding the team’s rider line-up for the forthcoming season, the team manager explained, “Nico Terol is a great person and an excellent rider. He has lost his front end confidence, but he is a person I admire in terms of his work ethic. With Jordi Torres our relationship is excellent and it has not been decided already that we will only have one rider next year. It is true that we’ve spoken to (Alex) Rins and with various other riders, though I prefer not to mention their names, but anyway the best thing from my perspective would be to start improving our results and that way we could have a two rider team next season.”

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