Aspar Racing Team

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Aspar Racing Team
2017 name MotoGP – Pull & Bear Aspar Team
Moto3 – Pull & Bear Aspar Mahindra Team
Base Spain Spain
Principal Jorge Martínez
Rider(s) MotoGP:
17. Czech Republic Karel Abraham
19. Spain Àlvaro Bautista
Moto3:
12. Spain Albert Arenas
48. Italy Lorenzo Dalla Porta
Motorcycle MotoGP – Ducati
Moto3 – Mahindra
Riders' Championships 4
125 cc – Álvaro Bautista (2006)
125 cc – Gábor Talmácsi (2007)
125 cc – Julián Simón (2009)
125 cc – Nicolás Terol (2011)

Aspar Racing Team is a Grand Prix motorcycle racing team from Spain, currently competing in the MotoGP and Moto3 World Championships.

History[edit]

The team was created by former world champion Jorge Martínez in 1992, when he was still riding a Honda RS125R. For 1993 Martínez expanded his operations into the 250cc class debuting with Juan Borja. For the next two seasons the Aspar team switched to Yamaha TZ125 bikes leaving the 250cc division. In 1996 Aspar started an 18-year relationship with Aprilia; in those years he fielded riders like Fonsi Nieto and Arnaud Vincent before entering the 250cc class again, in 2000 with Alex Debón. Between 2006 and 2011 the Aspar team won four World Championship titles in the 125cc class with Álvaro Bautista, Gábor Talmácsi, Julián Simón and Nicolás Terol. Riders that competed with the team in the 250cc class included Toni Elías, Alex de Angelis, Sebastián Porto and Randy de Puniet.

In the 2010 season the Aspar team entered the MotoGP class with Héctor Barberá, who finished in twelfth place aboard a Ducati Desmosedici GP10. Simón finished in second place in the inaugural Moto2 campaign, with teammate Mike Di Meglio finishing in twentieth place. Both riders started the season on Honda-powered RSV Motors frames, switching to a Suter chassis after two races. Nicolás Terol finished in second place in the 125cc class while his teammate Bradley Smith finished fourth, both riding Aprilia RSA 125 motorcycles.

Barberá remained with the team for 2011, recording a best result of 6th at the Spanish Grand Prix. The team expanded to two bikes in 2012, switching from Ducati to ART. Aleix Espargaró and Randy de Puniet dominated the recently created CRT (Claiming Rule Teams) class for two straight years. In 2014, Aspar entered two Honda bikes, after hiring former World Champion Nicky Hayden to partner Hiroshi Aoyama. The duo scored points regularly, but Espargaró claimed a 3rd straight title in the CRT class with Forward Racing. Irishman Eugene Laverty joined the team in 2015, the last year for Hayden in the World Championship before switching to the Superbike World Championship.

MotoGP results[edit]

(key) (Races in bold indicate pole position; races in italics indicate fastest lap)

Year Bike Tyres Riders 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 Points Pos.
2010 Ducati Desmosedici GP10 B QAT ESP FRA ITA GBR NED CAT GER USA CZE IND SMR ARA JPN MAL AUS POR VAL 90 9th
Spain Héctor Barberá 12 13 8 12 11 12 10 9 Ret 9 10 9 11 13 11 14 10 8
2011 Ducati Desmosedici GP11 B QAT ESP POR FRA CAT GBR NED ITA GER USA CZE IND SMR ARA JPN AUS MAL VAL 82 7th
Spain Héctor Barberá 12 6 Ret 9 11 11 12 7 11 9 10 Ret 9 8 Ret C 11
Australia Damian Cudlin DNS
2012 ART GP12 B QAT ESP POR FRA CAT GBR NED GER ITA USA IND CZE SMR ARA JPN MAL AUS VAL 136 6th
France Randy de Puniet 13 Ret 13 Ret 15 12 8 11 12 11 Ret 8 9 11 Ret Ret 11 12
Spain Aleix Espargaró 15 12 12 13 13 11 Ret 13 13 9 10 10 Ret 10 12 8 10 11
2013 ART GP13 B QAT AME ESP FRA ITA CAT NED GER USA IND CZE GBR SMR ARA MAL AUS JPN VAL 129 7th
France Randy de Puniet 12 14 Ret Ret 11 Ret 12 12 Ret Ret 15 16 17 13 12 10 13 Ret
Spain Aleix Espargaró 11 11 9 13 8 8 8 8 Ret 12 10 10 13 11 9 11 Ret 11
2014 Honda RCV1000R B QAT AME ARG ESP FRA ITA CAT NED GER IND CZE GBR SMR ARA JPN AUS MAL VAL 116 9th
United Kingdom Leon Camier Ret 15 16 16
United States Nicky Hayden 8 11 11 11 Ret DNS 12 17 14 9 14 10 Ret 13
Japan Hiroshi Aoyama 11 12 10 12 14 14 15 16 12 10 13 14 12 8 13 8 11
Honda RC213V-S 15
2015 Honda RC213V-S B QAT AME ARG ESP FRA ITA CAT NED GER IND CZE GBR SMR ARA JPN AUS MAL VAL 25 12th
Republic of Ireland Eugene Laverty 18 16 17 18 14 15 12 Ret 17 19 Ret 17 19 14 17 19 19 Ret
United States Nicky Hayden 17 13 16 17 11 Ret Ret 16 16 16 17 12 17 15 13 Ret 16 17
2016 Ducati Desmosedici GP14 M QAT ARG AME ESP FRA ITA CAT NED GER AUT CZE GBR SMR ARA JPN AUS MAL VAL 97 10th
Republic of Ireland Eugene Laverty 12 4 12 9 11 13 13 7 11 18 6 12 14 14 Ret 14 12 16
Colombia Yonny Hernández Ret Ret 14 15 Ret 16 17 Ret 18 17 11 11 16 16 12 13 Ret Ret

* Season still in progress.

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