By Lisa Crouch
Jorge Martinez looks on Nico Terol's 125cc title victory as being a "completed project that was born 12 years ago with the creation of the Circuit Ricardo Tormo”.
Terol is one of many of the circuit's motorcycling school graduates to find a home with Aspar, but the first to go on to be a world champion.
Martinez's Aspar team has won four of the last six 125cc championships with Alvaro Bautista (2006), Gabor Talmacsi (2007), Julian Simon (2009) and now Terol, a feat Martinez describes as “amazing” and “a dream come true”.
But this year's victory is special for the team as it marks the first real success with one of the Valencian riders trained by the 'Cradle of Champions' school.
Martinez describes the title as “the culmination of a lot of hard work between the Ricardo Tormo Circuit, the Cuna de Campeones, Julián Miralles, the Bankia Aspar Team and so many people who have been fundamental in this success.”
The Ricardo Tormo circuit runs the school named 'Cuna de Campeones' with Jorge Martinez, for six to seventeen year olds, along with Bankia, who also Sponsor the 125cc Aspar team. According to the Cheste based circuit their aim is “to train and promote future motorcycling champions”.
Other successful riders to come from the school to the Aspar team include MotoGP rider Héctor Barberá, as well as Sergio Gadea, Héctor Faubel and Adrián Martín.
Happy with his achievements, Martinez is looking to the future and wants to develop his Moto2 squad and is also excited about his CRT MotoGP project.
"The nice thing about this team and this project is that we never stop dreaming or moving forward. The objective now is to improve our Moto2 effort and start winning there too. We also want to consolidate a major future project in CRT. The MotoGP World Championship is changing a lot and we want to make sure we're involved in the changes to secure a strong and solid team."