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Jorge Martinez interview.

An interview with 125cc, 250cc and future MotoGP team owner Jorge Martinez 'Aspar', generated by the Aspar team.

Heading into the final four rounds of the 2009 season, Aspar riders Julian Simon, Bradley Smith and Sergio Gadea are first, third and fourth in the 125cc World Championship, while Alvaro Bautista and rookie Mike di Meglio sit second and eleventh in the 250cc championship.

Aspar will graduate to MotoGP in 2010, running present 250cc rival Hector Barbera on satellite Ducati machinery. Aspar will also continue to race in 125 and the new Moto2 class next year...


Q:
The next Moto2 tests are just around the corner yet it seems as though everything is still very much at an embryonic stage...

Jorge Martinez:
It's a new project and as such it involves a lot of changes. I'm curious to see how many bikes from different projects will be on track: Aprilia, Moriwaki, Queroseno, Sutter, Bimota, etc. I think there is still plenty of time, basically because the new rules allow us to test in December.

Q:
What does your experience tell you to expect from Moto2?

Jorge Martinez:
I think it is going to be very equal and there won't be much difference between the top bikes running at the front. Obviously there could be the odd project that doesn't meet expectations but not many. I'm sure the more established teams will use their experience to make the difference, in particular the riders. But with so much parity in terms of the machinery and also the chassis, the most important factor in deciding the lap time will be the rider.

Q:
'Third time lucky!' Finally it looks like your MotoGP dream will become a reality...

Jorge Martinez:
It looks like it! We're finally going to be in MotoGP and I'm already looking forward to seeing the bike on track after the final Grand Prix of the season at Valencia.

Q:
What will having a presence in MotoGP do for the Aspar Team?

Jorge Martinez:
Lots of things. I think that merely competing in MotoGP gives you an air of credibility and strength. It is a way of offering your sponsors direct contact with international brands and with the world of motorcycling. For us and for our riders it is a stairway to the very top.

Q:
Will running the largest private structure in the paddock cause you to lose sleep?

Jorge Martinez:
It is obviously not easy to manage such a big team and there is a lot of work to be done. On more than one occasion I've thought about what an uphill battle it will be to put together a team of engineers, to find such a big budget… there are a lot of things to do. It won't be easy to have such a big structure in all three categories and we will have to work hard.

Q:
Harder than ever?

Jorge Martinez:
To be honest my life is very fulfilling in terms of work. As my father used to say: “work and you will want for nothing.” The whole team, including myself, never stops for a minute and I feel happy to see that the sacrifice and consistency of this great team makes our structure bigger and more competitive year upon year.

Q:
Is having such loyal staff the key to achieving everything that you refer to?

Jorge Martinez:



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dave s - Unregistered

September 29, 2009 2:53 PM

Jorge was class on the track and is still class behind the scenes.So much respect for all his achievements and to run an outfit that large with top class consistency takes some doing at all levels. :)



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