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Joan Olivé set to sign for Campetella Racing

Joan Olivé set to sign for Campetella Racing

Joan Olivé set to sign for Campetella Racing

Joan Olivé has reached an agreement with Campetella Racing to contest the 250cc World Championship aboard an Aprilia with the Italian team, possibly alongside Sylvain Guintoli. Although the contract has yet to be signed and rubber stamped, Olivé has revealed to that he is hopeful a deal which would see him step into one of the top private teams in the championship can be finalised by the end of the week. The Spanish teenager, who finished second in the 2003 Rookie of the Year standings to World Champion Manuel Poggiali, is hoping to continue his swift adaptation to the quarter-litre class on semi-factory supported machinery.

"I have a meeting arranged with the team later this week so hopefully we can make an official announcement next week, but providing everything runs smoothly it looks very likely I will be with Campetella next season," said Olivé, who celebrates his 19th birthday on Saturday. "It is a fantastic option for me at a team who have demonstrated this season that they are highly professional and very competitive. I would be on a semi-works bike, so my target is obviously to improve on my performance this season and get as close as possible to the factory boys."

On his relationship with Jorge Martinez ‘Aspar', who gave the youngster the opportunity to revive his career after being released by the Telefonica MoviStar Junior Team where he was team-mate to Dani Pedrosa, Olivé commented: "I have nothing but respect and thanks for Jorge and all the team. They did everything they could to help me this season and I think we did a great job together - with the material at our disposition I don't think we could have done much more. I just think that Campetella is the better option for me as I look to take the next step in my career."

Should the deal go through, Olivé hopes to be testing his new machine within a matter of weeks and says he will be more than ready for the challenge. "My belief is that the results during the season are a reflection of the work you put in during the winter," said the former 125cc Spanish Champion. "Last year I worked very hard to physically prepare myself for the 250, but I will be working equally hard this winter because I think you have to look to improve in as many areas as you possibly can. At the moment I am going running in the mornings and riding motocross in the afternoons, and in a few weeks' time I'll start doing some work in the gym. Physically and mentally I will be ready."

250cc, 2003, Campetella Racing

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