The Aspar team held its official launch last night at the Pr?ncipe Felipe Science Museum in Valencia, where the team showed off the race livery for its three world championship teams.

The launch, ahead of the 30th anniversary season for the Spanish team, marked the culmination of a dream for Jorge Martinez 'Aspar' - whose squad will enter all three classes for the first time in 2010.

Aspar will continue as the reigning world champions in the 125cc class, whilst also competing in the inaugural Moto2 championship and starting a new MotoGP project.

And all three entries will have a title sponsor with Bancaja keeping its blue colors on board the 125cc outfit of Bradley Smith and Nicolas Terol, while Mike di Meglio and Julian Simon will ride in the red of Mapfre in Moto2 - the company that backed Aspar's previous 250cc project. Meanwhile, Aspar will make its premier-class debut running Hector Barbera in the distinctive yellow of Paginas Amarillas.

"Arriving at this point is virtually a miracle," said Aspar. "Starting to ride as a child, becoming World Champion and building teams in all three categories of the world championship is something incredible.

"If they'd have told me this when I was young and only cared for riding bikes, I wouldn't have believed it. These things can only be achieved through great consistency and by surrounding yourself by wonderful people. I am really pleased to have 30 years under my belt - hopefully there will be many more!

Looking ahead to the new racing season, he added: "I hope that we are battling to retain the title in 125, I'd also like to be fighting to win it Moto2, even though it is a new category, and in MotoGP it would be great if we could finish in the top ten at the end of the year."

The six riders also gave their thoughts on Aspar's anniversary and their hopes for the year ahead:

Hector Barbera: "I suppose it is the dream of anybody involved in motorcycle racing to achieve what Jorge has. He started out very young and by winning world titles he became the man other people looked towards. He created his own team and expanded it to the point where he now has representation in all three categories. None of these achievements are by coincidence because he lives and breathes this sport. It is his true passion."

Julian Simon: "I would like to offer my congratulations to Jorge because not everybody can say they have been in racing for 30 years, certainly not with so much success. He was part of a revolution, with a style and personality that will last forever in the history of motorcycle racing. Alongside Nieto, Tormo and so many others he was the cornerstone of Spanish racing and it is greatly thanks to him that the sport is in such rude health in this country so many years on. I only have words of thanks for Jorge, who put everything in place for me to achieve my dream of becoming World Champion."

Mike di Meglio: "I feel very fortunate to be here to share such an important moment with somebody like Jorge. Ever since I arrived in this team he has demonstrated utter faith and confidence in all of his riders, he only ever tries to help us and it gives me great personal pride to be considered part of the Aspar family. I am happy to have been here for his 30th anniversary in World Championship motorcycle racing and I hope he stays around for many more years to come."

Nico Terol: "I would like to congratulate Jorge for his impeccable career in motorcycle racing. As a rider he was a standard bearer - one of the best. As the head of a team he is always working to improve and his management style is formidable. He has created the team to beat in the smaller categories and now he is taking on the new challenge of competing at the top level. I have only just joined the team but I am really happy and already benefiting from their advice."

Bradley Smith: "When you stop and think about it for a moment, and you consider all the success enjoyed by Aspar and his team over the last thirty years, you realise that you are part of a great team, something historic. For me it is an indescribable honour to form part of three decades of success for the Aspar team."


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