Aspar Team Presentation: Simon hoping to do one better in 2011
The Aspar Team has officially presented their complete lineup for the 2011 season yesterday. In the cultural center La Casa Encendida in Madrid the assembled press and sponsors got to see the brandnew brown and lime green livery of the 125cc Bankia Aspar Team as well as the newly designed white and red Mapfre Aspar Ducati. Only the Mapfre Aspar Moto2 squad keeps their trademark red with which they’ve already competed last year.
Jorge Martinez ‘Aspar’ assembled a strong lineup of riders for the new season, and an all-Spanish one at that with Nico Terol, Hector Faubel and Adrian Martin in 125cc, Julian Simon and Xavi Fores in Moto2 and Hector Barbera again steering the Aspar Ducati in the MotoGP class.
The presentation started at 8PM with well-known TV commentators Ainhoa Arbizu and Ernest Riveras guiding through the hour-long show. All riders were interviewed about their evaluation of the preseason and their goals for 2011. Also Jorge Martinez and Mapfre chairman Ignacio Baeza expressed their satisfaction with the strong team and their hopes for the 2011 season.
Julian Simon: “I love sharing good times with all the Team Aspar riders, and also together with all the sponsors. Not only at the circuits and throughout the year, but also in events like this we can see the excellence and class of our team. To see the whole team together, the bikes, the leathers… you realize that the start of the championship is near and every day you feel more eager to get started. Last year was a great year for us, but it can be even better. It is important that the team did this display for the media, to welcome and thank the sponsors for the support they give us. Also, the design of the bikes, even though it’s not much different from last year, is spectacular. “
Xavi Forés: “I am very happy to be here in Madrid with the team and sponsors. These events are very positive, both for ourselves and for the sponsors, and we can have a good time. In my case it’s my first year with the team, so it’s also very good to be here to get to know all the new faces that will accompany us during the season. I am convinced it will be a positive year. To be honest the preseason went better than I expected, I’m adapting well to the bike and I hope to get good results for MAPFRE, Bankia and the other sponsors shortly. I hope this is the first year of a long time together with the Aspar Team.”
Jorge Martínez ‘Aspar’: “I am very proud to see that for the second consecutive year the Aspar Team will have a team in each of the three categories of the World Championship. It is an exceptional challenge with a team that does tremendous work. We are constantly working to make this project always move forward. And for this dream to continue it requires the support of the sponsors. Among them MAPFRE, the leading Spanish insurance company; Bankia, the first domestic bank in Spain; and Pull and Bear, reference in international fashion; apart from many others. I want to thank you for your invaluable help, and of course for your attendance at this presentation, which has overall been a success. I believe the team is doing things really well, and both in the 125cc class and in Moto2 we will again try to always be among the best, the goal clearly is to fight for the two titles. In MotoGP we already have one year of experience and I hope we finish always among the top ten and even among the top five in some races. This year we also have an all-Spanish team, practically Valencian, it is an honor for me to get together many Spanish riders with this enormous potential.”
Source: Mapfre Aspar Team