11 September 2013
Team manager leaves Avintia
"I accept but I do not share some of the latest decisions adopted and I prefer to end our collaboration" - Richard Jove.
Toni Elias is not the only person leaving Avintia Blusens ahead of this weekend's Misano round - team manager Richard Jove has also announced he is to part ways by mutual consent.
While accepting that the team's Moto2 results have not met expectations this season, Jove cites the 'latest decisions' as being behind his departure.
Avintia, which also runs Hector Barbera and Hiroshi Aoyama in MotoGP, began the Moto2 season with Elias and Kyle Smith. Smith was recently replaced by Dani Rivas, with Argentine rookie Ezequiel Iturrioz now taking over from former Moto2 champion Elias.
“After more than six years of a successful professional relationship with the Avintia Racing team [former BQR] I want to report that I have decided to resign my position in this structure and, by mutual and friendly agreement with the team leadership, we have terminated the contractual agreements immediately,” said a statement from Jove.
“Being fully aware of the fact that the results in Moto2 this season are not at the height of the expectations of a team like Avintia Racing, and that this has prompted the recent structural modifications of the team, I accept but I do not share some of the latest decisions adopted and I prefer to end our collaboration with the aim to focus my efforts on new projects and be able to dedicate a little more time to my family.
“They have been years of personal satisfaction and great professional efforts which, since the times in which we worked as BQR team until today as Avintia Racing, can be summed up in the obtaining of titles in the Spanish Championship, 11 grand prix victories in 125 and Moto3 and, on a personal level, the pleasure of having worked with riders of the stature of Stefan Bradl, Scott Redding, Aleix Espargaró, Julián Simón, Tito Rabat, Pablo Nieto, Maverick Viñales, Hiro and Shuhei Aoyama, Héctor Barberá, Sergio Gadea, Toni Elías, Miguel Oliveira, among others.
“I want to thank Antonio Martín for his understanding and support, all the members of the team for their work, hours of enthusiasm and passion that we have shared for our sport and, especially, Raúl Romero, a friend with whom I have worked side by side since 2006, on the development of projects that have brought us to a privileged place in the Motorcycling World Championship.
“With him, along with many others, I will continue collaborating on projects of a near future that will occupy my time and now focus my hopes. As it is said, this is not goodbye, it is just until we meet again. Thank you all.”
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