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Jorge Martinez “Aspar” reveals secrets of success at Mugello

Jorge Martinez “Aspar” reveals secrets of success at Mugello

Jorge Martinez and Gino Borsoi reflect on the success the Aspar team has enjoyed at the Tuscany circuit over the years.

The Tuscan venue has been the scene of great success for the Aspar Team over the years, with the Spanish outfit claiming no fewer than twenty of the 340 podiums celebrated at Mugello. As usual the pioneer for the team was its owner Jorge Martínez ‘Aspar’, who picked up the penultimate podium of his racing career at this track, whilst the Aspar Team's Sporting Director Gino Borsoi, an Italian who has done more laps than most around this circuit, knows its intricacies like few others...

Jorge Martínez ‘Aspar’:
“It is a track where I raced many times over the course of my career. I started racng there back in 1984, finishing second in the 80cc race after starting from last place. I went to Mugello from 1984 until 1997, when I raced there for the last time. I set pole position and finished second to some guy called Valentino Rossi [laughs]. Then after I retired I spent some time testing Aprilia's 500cc twin. I have good memories from all of my visits to Mugello, apart from one; in 1995 I crashed in one of the Arrabbiatas and broke my scaphoid. Then as a team manager Mugello has also provided me with great joy and some unforgettable moments.” 

Gino Borsoi:
“Back in the day we won a lot of podiums with the Aprilia, a bike that was born in Italy and had done a lot of laps around Mugello. You also have to take into account the fact that a lot of quality riders have come through the Aspar Team. It was also useful that I was the Aprilia test rider for a few years and a lot of the testing was done at Mugello. So as soon as the team arrived at Mugello we were already starting from a solid base. So when you combine a bike that was born and built in Italy, top level riders and the additional information I was able to bring, and then add in the impeccable work of our engineers, you have the secret to the Aspar Team's success over the years at Mugello.”

Why do you hear people making the comment that Mugello is a rider's circuit?

Jorge Martínez ‘Aspar’:
“Well, it has a really long straight where the bikes set their fastest top speeds of the season. In MotoGP you go from 350km/h to braking to around 90km/h. After that it is a track where you really need to manage your corner speed and acceleration. You have to sacrifice your speed on the way into a lot of turns so that you can accelerate on the exit. The last turn onto the front straight is really tricky because it is off-camber and bumpy. You could say that a fast lap is 80% down to the precision of the rider and 20% down to the power of the engine.”

Gino Borsoi:
“Principally because it is such a complete track. It has a 'slow' part, which would be turn one. But then it builds into a series of esses with some really fast corners, some of them blind, so you really need to know the track. Self-confidence is crucial to a fast lap at Mugello and every corner is crucial. It is a technical track that requires bravery and a large pair of 'cojones' if you want to be fast there.”

Where are the secrets to Mugello?

Jorge Martínez ‘Aspar’:
“Mugello is a really technical and difficult track with a lot of corners that link together. Casanova, Arrabbiata 1 and 2… they are all blind corners where you have to be able to get on the gas before you can see the exit. No corner is the same as the last, and that goes for the four esses. That makes it very difficult to follow a pattern. It is a circuit that is as difficult as it is beautiful.”

Gino Borsoi:
“There are so many, almost one in every corner. The two Arrabbiata corners are the most difficult in terms of bike set-up and the conviction of the rider. A rider with self-belief and the right line through that corner can easily make up half a second. In general though, even though the Arrabbiatas stand out, there are crumbs to pick up all around the track. The esses after Arrabbiata 2, the last corner into the straight... Mugello has so many key points and even though it is so wide there is still only really one good line.”

 

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Moto3, 2015, GRAN PREMIO D'ITALIA TIM, MAPFRE Team MAHINDRA

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