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Joan Olivé hoping to adapt in record time

Joan Olivé hoping to adapt in record time

Joan Olivé hoping to adapt in record time

After two years in the 125cc category with the Telefónica Movistar Junior Team, Joan Olivé last week confirmed that he will step up to the quarter-litre class with a new team in 2003. The 18 year old Spaniard will ride an Aprilia RS 250, and he explained his hopes for the new season to

`I am very happy and looking forward to riding the bike for the first time,´ he said. `It is a new team, a new category, and a new bike, so there are many changes to adapt to and I am obviously conscious that there is a lot to learn. But I hope to do that as quickly as possible´.

`We will have kitted Aprilias, which are obviously not as quick as the official machines but that is an extra motivation to achieve good results and secure a top bike in the future. For now I am not thinking about that, just concentrating on the job at hand which is to adapt to a new category. I am very motivated because this was a necessary change – I have grown and am a lot bigger now than I was two years ago, so this bike will be more suited to my physical characteristics´.

`I hardly know my new team-mate Héctor Faubel - we have only spoken a couple of times - but I am sure we will get on well. He has a year of experience in 250cc but this is basically a very young team which is keen to do well. Both of us will be trying to make the most of this opportunity´.

`I am impatient for the first tests to get underway later this month, to get my first laps in on the new bike. In the mean time I am hoping to make use of my free time to be with my family in Tarragona, resting and training a little on the motocross bike, which is one of my favourite hobbies ´.

250cc, 2002

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