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Xaus confirmed by Fortuna Yamaha Tech3

Xaus confirmed by Fortuna Yamaha Tech3

Xaus confirmed by Fortuna Yamaha Tech3

Ruben Xaus will ride a Yamaha YZR-M1 in the 2005 MotoGP World Championship after putting pen to paper on a one year contract with the Fortuna Yamaha Tech3 team managed by Herve Poncharal on Wednesday.

Xaus, who clinched the 'Rookie of the Year' title in 2004 after finishing eleventh in the final championship standings, will form an all-Spanish line-up alongside Toni Elias in Fortuna colours and will test the bike for the first time at the Sepang circuit in Malaysia on January 22nd.

"After the logical signature of Toni Elias, who already wore the Fortuna colours in the 250cc class this year, we decided with our partners at Altadis to recruit Ruben," explained Poncharal.

"Ruben not only showed great consistency throughout the 2004 season, finishing eleventh in the championship, but also took a brilliant third place at the Qatar Grand Prix.

"Toni Elias and Ruben Xaus will benefit from the technical support of Yamaha and the experience of the Tech3 team, who will take part in their fifth season in the premier class. Together we will work to reach the level expected by Fortuna and the entire Altadis group."

MotoGP, 2004

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