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Ruben Xaus to partner Hodgson at Ducati d'Antin

Ruben Xaus to partner Hodgson at Ducati d'Antin

Ruben Xaus to partner Hodgson at Ducati d'Antin

Ducati d'Antin have today announced that Spanish rider Ruben Xaus will partner Neil Hodgson in their team for the 2004 MotoGP World Championship. The pair formed a formidable alliance for Ducati in the World Superbike Championship last season, sweeping 20 wins from 24 races as Xaus finished runner-up and Hodgson took the title. Both riders make the step up to MotoGP in the only Ducati factory satellite team and will test the fearsome Desmosedici for the first time at Valencia from December 10th – 12th.

"I'm excited with the new challenge and would like to personally thank Luis d´Antin for this opportunity," said 25 year old Xaus, who contested five rounds of the 250cc World Championship in 1995. "I'm going to give it everything, 200% for him and for the team. I'm happy to be in a Spanish team and to continue racing with Neil. I have a good relationship with him and off the track we respect each other. I've been with Ducati for the past 4 years and I'm pleased to be able to continue. Until now I haven't had the chance to try the MotoGP bike and I'm really looking forward to it."

Meanwhile, team boss Luis 'Antin added his satisfaction at the deal: "I'm pleased to have Neil and Ruben with us next year. Both are great characters and the whole team will do their best to have everything ready for them. Having seen the performance of other riders that have made the move from Superbike to MotoGP last year, I truly believe that we can expect great things from our new team."

MotoGP, 2003

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