Jorge Martinez ‘Aspar’ – “We will fight for the title in five categories”
Jorge Martínez reviews the latest news on the Aspar Team before the start of a season in which the team will compete in Moto2, Moto3, MotoE, Moto3 Junior World Championship and European Talent Cup
The Aspar Team will compete with eleven riders into five categories in this 2020 season. Could you detail the team’s goal in each of the categories?
“We are growing, we have many riders, but the goal is the same in all categories: to fight for the title. I think we can do it, because this year we have made a quality leap.
The goal of the Aspar Team in the European Talent Cup with Iván Ortolá and David Alonso is to win the championship, because last year they were already runner-up and fifth in their debut season in the category. And in the Moto3 Junior World Championship we have three great riders: one of them, Daniel Holgado, has more experience; the other two are younger, as is the case of Ondrej Vostatek and Izan Guevara, who arrives as European Talent Cup champion. Holgado completed great races last season and already achieved some podiums. We are going to give the three of them the best mechanical material to be able to aim for the top positions, along with the advice and experience of our team, headed by Nico Terol.
In the Moto3 World Championship we ended the year in good shape with Albert Arenas, with a victory and two more podiums in the final part of the season, and the goal is to give a step forward with KTM and aim for the Moto3 title. His new teammate, Stefano Nepa, is a promising rider who already has the experience of the last two seasons, but is still young. We are going to help him grow so that he can regularly enter the top 10 and, little by little, can fight for the top 5 or the podium.
In Moto2 we have made a great forward leap with the arrival of Hafizh Syahrin and Aron Canet and with the change to Speed Up chassis. I hope that the new year will also give us many joys in this category, as in MotoE, where we already know more about the bike. At the Openbank Aspar Team we will have María Herrera, who did very good races in 2019, when she finished just off the podium in Italy, and we will soon announce her teammate, who will be a young rider coming from the bigger categories. With them we are sure we can achieve great results. Although it is still early because we have not started the pre-season tests yet, I think we have made a great leap in all categories. We are very excited.”
How does a team owner live the months between races?
“I live them without stop. In my position there are two different lives: the one of the races, which is what I love the most, but there is also the one that goes from October to March, which is equally necessary. In this stage you work day and night, looking for some partners that allow you to be able to match budgets and have the best technical and material means in order to be able to do our best when the first grand prix starts. It is a stage that I have been doing all my life, even when I was a rider, and it is very necessary because without the support of our partners we could not compete. That is why I want to thank all those who share with us this adventure, which fortunately are many, for this trust they give us.
We are now in the process of incorporating more partners, and the most recent is Solunion, a multinational company with extensive experience in credit and surety insurance that has powerful partners. We are on the right line to return all the support they have given us and hopefully we can grow together. We are happy and satisfied to share this challenge with them.”
Source: Aspar Media