Avintia Racing Team yesterday, launched its 2012 campaign in MotoGP, Moto2 and Moto3. The Spanish based team, after the financial merger between the Avintia Group and BQR and will continue running under the Blusens banner and will field four riders in the three different classes, with Ivan Silva and Yonny Hernandez competing in the new CRT category in MotoGP, with Robertino Pietri who will be doing five wildcard rides during the season, and former 125cc World Champion JuliÃ¡n SimÃ³n in Moto2, and rising star Maverick ViÃ±ales in Moto3 who will also be sponsored by Repsol.
Silva and Hernandez will be riding FTR Kawasaki’s, and Simon who finished 8th in yesterday’s final day of IRTA testing at the Spanish circuit is on a FTR Moto M212, while Vinales finished on top in Moto3 with his FTR Honda M312.
Yonny HernÃ¡ndez (MotoGP): “For me taking part into the MotoGP world championship is like a dream. I am coming from Moto2 and I’ll have to learn but I know the team very well and it will be of great help. Logically the bike is quite different from the ones I have ridden so far especially in terms of traction control and electronics but so far I have been happy with our progress throughout the pres-season.”
IvÃ¡n Silva (MotoGP): “ I still don’t know in which category I’ll be in. I am going to start in MotoGP but I’ll have to wait for the first race to see what it is really. I am excited and I hope I can benefit from my experience with high-capacity bikes. We are going to battle with world motorbike elite and this is it. It won’t be easy but this project is very much “ours” an I am very motivated.”
JuliÃ¡n SimÃ³n (Moto2): “ I am very excited before this season. Being part of Avintia Racing is a guarantee and I am feeling well surrounded. As you know it’s a difficult category and of great equality but I am feeling strong and I am convinced that we will achieve interesting things. I still have a few small details to improve but I ‘ll make it thanks to the support of the team. I am sure we’ll have a great year.”
Maverick ViÃ±ales (Moto3): “I am obviously very happy to be part of Avintia Racing. The human and technical team is the same as last year and we have a great relationship. They convey a feeling of security and we really get on with each other when it comes to work. The pre-season has been really good and I hope the season will be in the same line. The competition will be harsh but we are strong.”