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Faubel and Olive provide consolation for ‘Aspar'

Faubel and Olive provide consolation for ‘Aspar'

Faubel and Olive provide consolation for ‘Aspar'

After a nightmare weekend for his 250cc World Championship title challengers Toni Elias and Fonsi Nieto in Brazil, Jorge Martinez was at least able to reflect on the best ever Grand Prix for his second string quarter-litre outfit, the ‘Aspar' Junior Team. Héctor Faubel and Joan Olivé took their highest finishes of the season at the Nelson Piquet circuit, crossing the line in sixth and seventh place respectively – a career high for Faubel and Olive's best effort since stepping up from the 125 class, where he scored a podium at Assen last season.

"We have been waiting a long time for a result like the one at Rio and it was just what we needed to lift the moral of the team and move up a few places in the championship," commented the 20 year old Faubel, who is now in his second season in the quarter-litre class. "To be honest I was delighted with the result and now I just want to carry on in the same vein. I got a bad start but the bike responded well and I was able to recover ground. Towards the end of the race the performance of the engine began to drop, probably because of the heat, and the riders behind me began to catch up. Luckily I was able to keep some sort of rhythm and held my position, although I was lapping alone and it was quite boring. Anyway, I am really happy that the result finally came – the team have worked very hard and they deserve it."

For Olivé, it was his fifth top ten finish of the season but his first points since his home race at Catalunya, breathing fresh life into an otherwise disappointing campaign. "I got a bad start and it was a tough race from then on," explained the 18 year old. "In the first corner I was hit by a couple of other riders and ended up quite far back, but I overtook them one by one and once I was clear I was able to set my own pace. I wanted to catch up with the front group but it was too late. I was satisfied with my result and congratulations to Héctor because he had a great race – hopefully we can both keep it going over the next few rounds."

250cc, 2003, Hector Faubel, Joan Olive

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