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Joan Olivé hoping to clear up his future shortly

Joan Olivé hoping to clear up his future shortly

Joan Olivé hoping to clear up his future shortly

Joan Olivé is hoping to clinch a deal to continue in the 125cc World Championship after being dropped from the Telefonica Movistar Junior Team. The Spanish youngster, team-mate to Dani Pedrosa for the last two seasons, learnt of the team´s decision after the final race of the season at Valencia, but is confident he can put his promising career back on track after a season dogged by bad luck.

`I am still not sure what will happen next year but I hope to be back in the World Championship´, says Olivé, who´s best result was a podium finish at Assen earlier this year. `I am hoping to sort something out very soon, maybe even next week, but I don't want to say any more than that at the moment´.

Olivé, who turns 18 next week, began competing in Grand Prix two years ago after winning the prestigious Movistar Activa Cup and was shocked by the team´s decision. `The truth is that it really surprised me, but I have to look ahead, not behind. It is a decision which I must respect. I learnt a lot this year, and I think I have taken a step forward. I had lots of problems in many of the races and six crashes, and this without doubt had an impact, not just in the final result. I am still happy that I gave everything possible though´.

As he looks to arrange a new deal for 2003, Olivé is taking the chance to catch up with some well earned rest in his home town of Tarragona, near Barcelona, and plans to take his driving test.

125cc, 2002

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