BQR Team to compete as Avintia Racing with Simon and Viñales
The Avintia Group and By Queroseno Racing (BQR) have joined forces to build an ambitious and innovative outfit named Avintia Racing, which will compete in all three World Championship categories in 2012 (MotoGP, Moto2 and Moto3).
The outfit will contest in the Moto2 category with Julián Simón and in the new Moto3 class with Maverick Viñales, with both as the sole riders for the team in their respective categories. Led by Ricard Jové, the outfit will aspire to win championships in both categories. Simón has already demonstrated his winning character by claiming the 2009 125cc World Championship title and finishing runner-up in Moto2 in its inaugural year, 2010. Viñales was proclaimed 2011 Rookie of the Year in the newly retired 125cc class, and many consider the young rider as the favorite for this season after finishing third in the standings with nine podiums, four wins and a record number of points earned for a rookie.
Raúl Romero will act as Team Manager for the MotoGP team, with motorcycle development taking place at the Avintia Racing headquarters in Barcelona. The objective of the outfit will be to evolve and develop a competitive machine in the premier class with an eye toward the future. The team will run a CRT prototype with a Kawasaki engine, with all development taking place in Spain, and with riders Iván Silva and Yonny Hernández.
Direct team management will come from BQR, with the Avintia Group supporitng operations in other specialized areas such as planning, financial, legal, human resources, marketing and communication.
Raúl Romero, owner of BQR: “This union will allow us to grow and position ourselves even better in the tough world of high-level competition. After 20 years in this sector, BQR will move forward with its most valuable assets—the team members—and now with the support of the Avintia Group, will have the possibility of further expansion and growth in all areas. Together, we have a winning project with Moto2 and Moto3, and another project as an investment for the future, to participate this year in MotoGP with a Spanish built motorcycle.”