Aspar reflects on Terol title glory
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 Hector Barberá, as well as Sergio Gadea, Hector Faubel and Adrián Martin.
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."
He is however looking at next year as a learning curve for the new rules and that their MotoGP project will be "Revolutionary, all-in, for the season 2013".
Martinez also revealed how impressed he is with Terol, who remains part of the team's future as he moves up to Moto2 with them, and the work he has put into building his career.
"He has a huge future. He is a real fighter and a hard worker with a practically faultless approach. You have to admire the effort he has put in and the progress he has made over the past few years. He is never happy, he is always improving and I am sure that will continue in the future. He has great potential, a strong crew and a fantastic bike - all the ingredients to keep winning. If he continues in the same way he will soon be ready to challenge in Moto2."
The team's previous best finish in the Moto2 class was in the championships inaugural year, 2010, when Julian Simon claimed second overall, despite never winning a race.
It was revealed late last week that joining Nico Terol in the Aspar Moto2 team for 2012 will be former Pramac Ducati MotoGP rider Aleix Espargaro, who finished 12th in this year's championship with the Pons HP 40 team.
Aspar also used Nico Terol's championship reception to announce that his team's 2012 MotoGP CRT bike will have a Suter chassis.
It also appears that they will use an Aprilia engine as Alex Hofmann, who is reported to be testing the CRT machine for them this Wednesday in Valencia, is Aprilia's test rider in addition to his commentating work.
No official announcement has yet been made on who will ride for Mapfre Aspar in MotoGP next season.