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di Meglio, Simon get Aspar Moto2 chance

Mapfre Aspar unveils its rider line-up for Moto2 next season by re-signing Mike di Meglio and Julian Simon
Mapfre Aspar has revealed that respective 2008 and 2009 125cc champions Mike Di Meglio and Julian Simon will form its line-up for the inaugural Moto2 season next year.

An extension for both Simon and di Meglio, who competed for Jorge Martinez Aspar's eponymous team in the 125cc and 250cc categories this year, the Spanish outfit is the latest to confirm its riders for the first-ever Moto2 campaign in 2010.

Simon's arrival comes after clinching the 125cc title for Aspar this season, the Spaniard penning a two-year deal with the team with a view to possibly making the switch to MotoGP in 2011.

In re-signing for Aspar, di Meglio will be one of the highest-placed 250cc riders converting to Moto2 next year, following a maiden season in the quarter-litre class that yielded two podiums and finish of eighth in the overall standings.

“With Mike and Julián we have made a winning bet,” Aspar said. “Mike was World Champion one year ago, and this season has had some great races in 250cc, so to continue with him is a good starting point. Julián is the current 125cc World Champion and is a rider I think will bring us much happiness in Moto2.”

Aspar, which will also enter a Ducati for Hector Barbera in MotoGP next year, will extend its relationship with Aprilia by entering a pair of new Moto2 chassis' designed by the Italian manufacturer.

“I'm keen to see the Aprilia Moto2 machine out on the track,” he added. “I think it's undoubtedly a great project for us. For several years the Aspar team has chosen to compete in the 125cc and 250cc World Championship classes. Now there will be a change in category, but the objective remains the same.”

Bradley Smith, who finished runner-up to Simon in the 125 class this year, has already revealed he will continue to ride with Aspar in the same category next season.

Tagged as: Ducati , Aprilia , moto2 , Aspar , di meglio

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Doughnuts Anyone

November 16, 2009 2:53 PM
Last Edited 1801 days ago

I like Simon to do well next year.I don't think it would be a good for him to go up to MotoGp in 2011 even if he win Moto2 and takes the option up.In my view 2012 will be the best time for him to step up Bradley/Simon signed 2 year deals in 2008 to ride for Aspar in 09/10 which they are doing. Bradley 2nd year was an option to move up to the 250 but I can not understand why Aspar could not offer him a Moto2 ride coz Moto2 is less money than 250. But Bradley in 125 next year it good still coz Moto2 is a lottery now. My view Bradley cannot get the sponership cash also he not spainsh/italian and it Aspar first year in MotoGP and and needs the money to devlope the Ducati and Moto2 bikes up

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