Four-time world champion and current MotoGP team owner Jorge Martinez 'Aspar' was among former riders named as FIM Legends during the recent Gala at Jerez.

The Spaniard - plus Sammy Miller, Sue Fish, Gerd Riss, Thierry Magnaldi and Kvetoslav Masita - then presented prizes to the 2014 world champions, from a variety of FIM disciplines, led by MotoGP title winner Marc Marquez (pictured with Aspar).

"I feel very proud to have been able to devote my life to motorcycle racing and to have left my mark on the sport, firstly with four world titles as a rider and later with four titles as team manager," said Aspar.

"Is a huge satisfaction to be made a Legend of motorcycle racing by the FIM. Besides the prizes, the passion to continue succeeding and doing things right is still intact. Furthermore, it is always cause for joy to see your efforts recognised."

Spanish riders once again won the MotoGP, Moto2 and Moto3 titles this season and Aspar believes the country's dominance will only increase.

"I see our riders dominating in all categories in many disciplines, and I am sure that this trend will continue to increase, because many riders are coming through as well," he said. "This is possible thanks to the excellent development system we currently have in Spain. There is a very promising future for racing in our country."

Aspar added: "Currently, Spain is a worldwide reference in all aspects of motorsport. Firstly thanks to Dorna, the company that holds the rights to MotoGP. Spain is the country which host the most Grands Prix - four - and has many other circuits capable of hosting top-level events.

"Furthermore, the CEV series will next year become a Junior World Championship and has been an undisputable stepping stone to the World Championship. Then we have Spanish teams, such as the Aspar Team, that have made a difference for many years. Not to mention the two seasons in which all the MotoGP titles have been won by Spanish riders.

"I feel very proud and pleased with what we have achieved in the last twenty years."


Loading Comments...