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Aspar Team has fond memories of Barcelona

Aspar Team has fond memories of Barcelona

Jorge Martinez “Aspar” has enjoyed success all around the world, but the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya has a special place in his heart.

There isn't a circuit on the calendar that has not been the scene of an Aspar Team success story. The Spanish outfit's glory trail crosses countries and continents from Valencia to Australia, two places where no fewer than four 125cc World Championship titles have been won. But for all the venues in the world that have seen a rider guided to the podium by the hand of Jorge Martinez ‘Aspar’, it would be remiss not to mention Barcelona, where the seventh round of the 2015 MotoGP World Championship takes place this weekend. 

The Circuit de Catalunya, or Montmelo, as it known locally, has wielded no fewer than seventeen trophies for the Aspar Team. Four victories, six second places and seven thirds make up a glorious track record over the years, but there is one season in particular that stands out above all others. Because whilst it is a special achievement for just one rider to claim a place on those three hallowed steps of the Grand Prix rostrum, for one team to take all three is virtually unheard of. But for the Aspar Team, nothing is impossible. 

The 2006 season goes down as a historic one for the Aspar Team. It was the year that Alvaro Bautista romped to the 125cc World Championship and it became clear from the third round in Turkey that it was to be the year of the Aspar Team. Hector Faubel, Alvaro Bautista and Sergio Gadea made history as the first team-mates to fill a Grand Prix podium and just four races later they did it again, albeit in a different order (Bautista, Faubel and Gadea) at the Circuit de Catalunya. 

That memorable 2006 season proved to be a launch pad for the Aspar Team, and after that triple podium in Barcelona, when the three Spanish riders were separated by just 0.4 seconds, there were two more triples to come – at Valencia the following season and at Assen in 2009.

It seems triple podiums were synonymous with titles for the team from Alzira. In 2007 at Valencia the Aspar Team signed off with its second triple (Hector Faubel, Gabor Talmacsi and Sergio Gadea) from a season that saw the title go in favour of the Hungarian, whilst in 2009 another triple for Gadea, Julian Simon and Bradley Smith at Assen was one of the highlights of a year that saw Simon take the crown. There has been glory for the Aspar Team at every circuit on the calendar, but four hold particular significance as the scenes of those historic triples.


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