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Interview with Jorge Martinez 'Aspar'

An Aspar team generated interview with Jorge Martinez 'Aspar'
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.





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