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Xaus hopeful over future

Xaus hopeful over future

Xaus hopeful over future

Ruben Xaus says he is optimistic about his chances of continuing in the MotoGP World Championship next season even though he is yet to sign for any team. The Spaniard won the Rookie of the Year title ahead of the likes of Alex Hofmann and Shane Byrne in 2004 and believes he has done enough to earn himself a contract.

"We've done good races throughout the season, so I think that I have to be satisfied because it has been a really tough year and we have all worked hard," said Xaus, who has been linked with the second Yamaha team run by Hervé Poncharal. "I hope to have won myself a spot in this championship," he added.

Xaus crashed out of the final race of the season, his home round, at Valencia last Sunday and as a result lost tenth place in the championship to Shinya Nakano. However, after a season fraught by mechanical problems the 26 year old was happy with his final position of eleventh.

"It's a shame I crashed because I wanted to give the fans a good result," he said. "They are the most important and they deserved it. Racing here at home and seeing what the place was like today, full to the brim, I had to go for it.

"I was excited about finishing in the top ten in the championship and although I didn't get a good start, I pushed forward trying to catch Melandri and pass him, because he was my main rival in the standings.

"I crashed though, and he crashed a bit after me, so Nakano leapfrogged us both! To finish eleventh isn't that bad, and of course it's my favourite number too!"

MotoGP, 2004

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