It is now official that the MotoGP team ‘Aspar’ is now renamed to ‘Angel Nieto Team’. This decision has been made to pay tribute to Angel Nieto, a ‘12+1’ world champion and a former rival and mentor of Jorge Martinez ‘Aspar’, who is a four-time world champion as a rider himself.
Speaking on this, Jorge Martinez ‘Aspar’ said, “Ángel Nieto is synonymous with motorcycle racing, a sport that gave him so much and to which he gave so much in return. Motorcycle racing is what it is in Spain thanks to the man who laid the first stone and we want to pay homage to that fact by renaming our team the Ángel Nieto Team.”
He further added, “You would always learn so much from being alongside him. Ángel helped so many people, me amongst others, and he was an important part of my life, as are his sons Gelete and Pablo [now team manager of Sky Racing VR46] and his nephew Fonsi [now rider coach at Pramac Ducati]. Angel was particularly excited about this whole project. He trusted me to give Gelete his start in racing and he told me, ‘I know that with you he will learn’. To be able to pay tribute to his memory and continue with this project in the hands of his eldest son, who was one of the first to ride for my team, gives me enormous pride.”
Apart from this new name of the team, another addition is Angel’s son Gelete. He will join as team principal for 2018.
For the 2018 MotoGP season, it will be riders Alvaro Bautista and Karel Abraham on Ducati bikes in the Aspar Team. And for the Moto3, it will be Andrea Migno and Albert Arenas on KTM bikes.