Ricky Cardus brings home points as Argiñano Racing salutes the passing of Ginés Guirado
It was an extremely sad and difficult weekend for the Argiñano Racing team at Sepang, with Ricky Cardus having to contend not only with the treacherous conditions on track, but the whole team having to face a great loss in the passing away of its sporting director, the much loved Ginés Guirado.
A minute’s silence was held on the Sunday morning and in the race itself Ricky managed 15th.
The team have since released the following statement saluting Ginés and his huge contribution to the Argiñano squad…
“It was the hardest day in the short life of the Argiñano Racing team. Yesterday evening in Malaysia we heard our sporting director Ginés Guirado succumbed to his illness and passed away in Barcelona. Each and every one of the team moved closer to one another to support each other in these hard moments. When the news started spreading through our hotel, we received words and gestures of sympathy from everyone, without exception. Also this morning at the circuit no one ignored what had happened.
As employees of ARG we are very proud to be working for someone who received nothing but respect in the world of motorcycling. From when all this started, at the GP in Catalonia, until the fateful news that reached us in Malaysia, he’s been with us at some races. We were able to savour his words, well said, sometimes strong, sometimes more subtle. His smile, his jokes, these close together with Karlos Argiñano during the evening meals after a tiring day at the circuit. His presence filled us with security, he embraced us in everything we did.
Some knew him from before, others only got to know him this year. But within few hours of being by his side, you knew he was a person who you could not ignore.
Today he received a tribute in the circuit of Sepang after the warm up of the MotoGP, because he had many friends in Dorna, who didn’t hesitate a minute to find time for this in the busy schedule. Tele5 broadcasted this moment live and showed the pain and the respect of all three classes to the Spanish TV audience. Other accredited Spanish journalists have been with us all day. And even the very CEO of Dorna, Carmelo Ezpeleta, came to support us in person right at our garage. To all of these, thank you.
And what is there to say about the race? We should not forget our rider Ricky Cardús, who set to the task and crossed the finish line in the points thanks to his 15th place under this rainfall of epic proportions. He started 26th and at some point during the race was up in 13th position. And Ricky says in Phillip Island he is fast, he will show us next week.
We dedicate this Sunday to Ginés, that we return to and be part of all the strength he poured into the team and this work. It will not be the same without him, but he would surely want us to go on with strength and not let our arms drop. Wherever he may be, he will continue to guide Ricky in how to lean the bike in left hand corners and how to enter into right hand corners. Rest in peace chief, we will love you and respect you on every day of our lives.”
Carmen Mora, press officer of ARG
Iker Burutxaga, coordinator of ARG
We send our sincerest condolences and very much hope that Ricky will do the team and Ginés proud in the next round at Phillip Island.