At the final MotoGP round in Valencia this past weekend, GASGAS Aspar Team Moto3 rider Sergio Garcia crossed the line in second place, cementing the 3rd place in the 2021 Moto3 Riders World Championship. His teammate, rookie Izan Guevara, finished 7th in the race and 8th in the Championship. This was the Valresa GASGAS Aspar Team’s debut season, and they recorded an impressive 2nd place in the Teams’ and 3rd in the Constructors’ World Championship. Garcia and Guevara both won races this season, and the pair brought home six podiums.
Unsurprisingly, the team has announced that it will participate in the 2022 Moto3 Championship with the same riders. It has also announced its entry into the Moto2 class with Albert Arenas and Jake Dixon. Arenas was the 2020 Moto3 World Champion, and next year will be his second season in the Moto2 class. Dixon, meanwhile, is a more seasoned rider with three seasons of Moto2 racing behind him. This year he also participated in two races in the Premier Class as a replacement rider for the Petronas Yamaha SRT team.
Here’s what each of the riders had to say following the announcement:
Sergio Garcia: “Apart from the injury, I think we had a really good season and I’m really happy with how the year has gone. With our experience and our work in 2021 with the GASGAS Aspar Team, I’m sure we will be able to give everything again next year and fight for good results as well as the Championship.”
Izan Guevara: “I’m really happy to have another year with the GASGAS Aspar Team. I feel really comfortable with the crew, we work really well and we managed to take a win in our first season. Next season we’ll keep on pushing for top results. We will be able to count on a year of learning in the world championship as well as the connection with GASGAS, so we’ll be able to start next season strong right from the beginning.”
Albert Arenas: “I’m really pumped about this project and to continue another year with the GASGAS Aspar Team, a winning squad and we were champions together. I’m looking forward to again achieving success with them. We will have a new bike and with the support of a brand like GASGAS, I’m really excited and motivated to try the new package. I want to have a strong pre-season and – with a year of experience in Moto2 – reach my full potential, fight for the best results and enjoy the races. I want to thank Jorge Martínez Aspar for this opportunity and GASGAS: I’m so happy to have another year in this set-up and structure.”
Jake Dixon: “It’s great to be back with Aspar and the GASGAS team for 2022. Returning to the team feels like coming home and to keep with familiar equipment is another plus. I’m already excited to know what we can do next season and I cannot thank the team enough for the opportunity. I hope we can do great things together.”