Four time world champion Jorge Martinez 'Aspar' fields a team in all three motorcycle grand prix classes, running Randy de Puniet and Aleix Espargaro in MotoGP, Nico Terol and Jordi Torres in Moto2, plus the newly revised line-up of Jonas Folger and Luca Amato in Moto3...
Q:
With just the final sprint to go in the championship what is your evaluation of the Aspar Team?

Jorge Martinez 'Aspar':
It has been a tough year, different. Maybe we have become too used to enjoying success in recent seasons but there were a lot of changes to contend with in 2012. The 125 class changed to Moto3, in MotoGP we switched from Ducati to a CRT bike with Aprilia and we signed a lot of new riders.

Pre-season went well in every category, we completed all the work we had planned but once official practice got started things started to turn for the worse - especially in Moto3. The first race was like a bucket of cold water - we didn't expect such poor results.

It is important to assess moments like this and analyse why the situation has come about. I thought the material and the technical staff were competitive so there was really no reason for it to happen.
Q:
What has happened in Moto3?

Jorge Martinez 'Aspar':
With the current concept of the championship in Moto3, where the playing field is very level in terms of the bikes, tyres, components, fuel... the biggest variable is the rider rather than the material. The material or the bike can win you a tenth of a second here or there but the rider can be worth half a second. The riders have to know when to take risks and to make the most of an opportunity when it arises - not just for themselves but for the team, the mechanics, the sponsors etc.
Q:
And Moto2?

Jorge Martinez 'Aspar':
Well, Nico is on the right path. He is an extremely hard-working, methodical rider who is developing in a progressive way and trying to make sure he understands every little step of the process. He's a fighter and even though he is perhaps taking a little longer to adapt to Moto2 than we'd hoped he continues to work with the same intensity. Without doubt the biggest surprise for us was Toni. I am sure that when he decided to sign for the Mapfre Aspar Team in Moto2 he did so with the intention of fighting to win. That was his intention and it was ours too but things didn't work out.
Q:
In MotoGP, however, things have gone very well...

Jorge Martinez 'Aspar':
In MotoGP we are very happy. It is just a shame that I don't think the new CRT class is being given the importance it deserves. I think we have improved massively from the start of the season to now.

The ART gets better every time and we are getting gradually closer to the prototype bikes - we've even been ahead of them in some races.

Randy De Puniet started out very strongly in preseason and opened a big advantage over the rest. He's had the odd crash and mechanical breakdown but he's having a marvellous season.

Aleix started out a little doubtful because of the gap to Randy and you could see that but gradually he has got himself on level terms, if not a little in front. They are both at the top of the CRT championship and I am happy with the Power Electronics Aspar Team.
Q:
What are you hoping for between now and the end of the season?

Jorge Martinez 'Aspar':
We have five races left and in the last few rounds we have seen some important improvements. Without doubt Jonas Folger was an excellent signing for our Moto3 project and in three races he has managed a third place and a win. I just want the riders to give 120% in the races that are left. It is very important for them, for the team and obviously for the sponsors.

In Moto2 Nico is getting closer and closer to the front, which is where he wants to be and obviously so do we. What I am asking all of the Aspar Team riders is to treat the last fives races like five cup finals. To finish the championship fighting for podiums and wins is what we should be doing.
Q:
Did you really expect Folger to kick off with a podium and a win?

Jorge Martinez 'Aspar':
#That was a pleasant surprise. Ever since the Catalunya round I was convinced that we had a bike and a team that worked and that we should have been picking up results. At Indianapolis it was a surprise to see him arrive and lead the opening free practice - he didn't even need time to adapt.

That third place was a great moment and we needed it, amongst other things because certain sections of the media were questioning our professionalism for swapping riders in the middle of the season.

I want to make it very clear that the Aspar Team and our sponsors always want the best for our riders but we are a winning team, that fights for the very best outcome in every race and wants to be lifting world titles at the end of each season. Whether or not we achieve it is another matter but we have to be fighting for it and we can't allow a situation to continue when we are constantly near the back.
Q:
Have you been proved right in Moto3?

Jorge Martinez 'Aspar':
No doubt. Results are what counts and determine whether decisions are the right ones or not. I have 33 years of experience in this championship and at the top level of sport and if I have learnt one thing it is that you are only as good as your last result. So it stands to reason that the changes we made were the right ones.
Q:
Do these podiums also vindicate the Kalex/KTM as a competitive package despite suggestions to the contrary?

Jorge Martinez 'Aspar':
I never doubted it because there is another rider out there having a great season on a Kalex/KTM. He is fighting every weekend for a podium or a win and it is the same bike as ours. If there wasn't another bike out there identical to ours then there could have been room for doubt but that wasn't the case.
Q:
Which riders are in the frame for 2013? Will the team structure stay the same?

Jorge Martinez 'Aspar':
Right now the situation is wide open. In Moto3 we would like to have a winning rider from Spain and another rider with a serious chance even if they are foreign. It is difficult to name names because there is still nothing concrete.

In Moto2 we will continue to back Nico and wait to see who we will line up alongside him.

In MotoGP we would like to continue with the two riders we currently have in the team. We're at a crucial stage of negotiations with the riders and sponsors right now so hopefully we can have everything defined very soon.

In theory the team structure will be the same, with two bikes and two riders in each category. The idea is to continue with the same manufacturers although we do have a few offers on the table.

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