Indy MotoGP: Aspar Ducati looks to expand in 2012

The Spanish-based Aspar Ducati squad is already locked in negotiations about expanding to a two-rider effort for the 2012 MotoGP world championship campaign.

Jorge ‘Aspar’ Martinez confirmed his expansion plans when MotoGP reverts to a 1000cc four-stroke series for 2012 in Indianapolis.

The Spaniard unveiled his ambitions after confirming he’s agreed terms to stay with Ducati in 2011.

Martinez said: “I am very happy to extend out contract with Ducati for another season. The relationship is magnificent so it is an honour for us to extend it. So far we have made an agreement for one more season but my objective is for us to continue into 2012 and expand to two riders.

"Conversations are underway although first of all we need to focus on getting sponsorship in place so that we can make a long term commitment.”

Martinez said he was delighted to have signed a new deal with Ducati so closely after Valentino Rossi completed his big money switch to the Bologna factory for 2011.

Martinez said Rossi’s technical input would benefit any team running a Ducati machine and he added: “Aside from this we have the news that Valentino Rossi has signed for Ducati.

"The Desmosedici is already one of the best bikes on the grid and I'm sure that with his input it will be even better and more manageable. His collaboration will benefit us a lot because I am sure we will have the same bike."

It is not clear yet whether Hector Barbera will remain with the Aspar Ducati squad.
His current number one Moto2 rider and reigning 125GP world champion Julian Simon impressed when he tested a factory Ducati GP10 at Jerez earlier this season.

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Matthew Birt

By Matthew Birt