Mugello MotoGP: Jorge Martinez targets 2010 MotoGP entry

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Jorge Martinez is launching another determined bid to join the MotoGP world championship in 2010.

The Spaniard has been knocked back by Yamaha, Ducati, Suzuki and Kawasaki in flawed attempts to move his massive Aspar operation into the MotoGP fold.

But he has already started negotiations with Yamaha and Ducati for 2010 over a lease deal for a two-rider squad. 

And the Spaniard, who runs hugely successful 125 and 250 teams, is confident his latest bid will succeed because of the new one bike rule set to be approved for 2010.

“The one bike rule gives me a better possibility because it means some bikes might be available. Plus it will be cheaper to just lease two bikes instead of four. I’m speaking with Ducati and Yamaha. My first choice though is Yamaha," said Martinez.

The stumbling block could be Yamaha’s reluctance to increase its involvement beyond supplying four riders.

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Matthew Birt

By Matthew Birt