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Olivé confident over 125cc return

Olivé confident over 125cc return

Olivé confident over 125cc return

Joan Olivé returns to the 125cc World Championship in 2005 just three seasons after stepping up to the 250cc class as one of motorcycle racing's brightest young talents.

A difficult final season in the quarter-litre class hampered by technical difficulties and bad luck characterised Olivé's career since bursting onto the world stage alongside Dani Pedrosa in 2001 and the 20-year-old says he is hoping one step backwards can lead to two steps forward as he looks to re-ignite his career with the Aprilia Rauch Bravo team.

"I think it's better to have a factory 125cc machine than to stay in 250 on a kit bike," says the former 125cc Spanish Champion. "At the end of last season there was no way of getting an official 250 ride so I decide to go back to 125.

"The team has given me a lot of encouragement. I went to visit them in Italy a couple of weeks ago, to meet all the mechanics and discuss what seems to be a very ambitious project.

"I rode the bike for the first time last November in a shakedown test at Almería and it felt very competitive, the chassis was excellent. I also asked for one of my most trusted mechanics, who I worked with in 125 in the past, to come with me and the team didn't have a problem."

"In 2004 I did what I could but there were a lot of riders on factory bikes and that makes it especially hard to fight for a front position on a kit bike, but it is all experience.

"I'm staying on top of my physical training routine and combining cycling with a bit of motocross and supermoto, but I'm already looking forward to testing the new bike and hopefully I can do that before the official tests. I'm just waiting for confirmation on that from the team and I'll be ready!"

125cc, 2005

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