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Espargaro and Olive head new Derbi 125cc project

Espargaro and Olive head new Derbi 125cc project

Pol Espargaro and Joan Olive will form an all-Spanish partnership in the 125cc class next season, courtesy of a collaboration between Derbi and Dani Amatriain's Motorsport 48 business.

Pol Espargaro and Joan Olive will form an all-Spanish partnership in the 125cc class next season, courtesy of a collaboration between Derbi and Dani Amatriain's Motorsport 48 business.

The duo will compete under the Belson Derbi banner, using two RSA machines as they look to improve on their top ten positions in the 2007 classification. Espargaro in particular shone in the lower cylinder class, taking a first podium in the World Championship and earning the coveted Rookie of the Year title.

Dani Amatriain, the leader of the project and the man behind the success of twice 250cc World Champion Jorge Lorenzo, hailed the agreement between the two parties.

"My job directing the competition department for a factory like Derbi, with their illustrious history, is a big responsibility. However, we also have a strong pedigree, with our experience and the credibility given to us by Jorge Lorenzo's titles and the success of Roberto Rolfo, Toni Elias, Hector Barbera and Pol Espargaro."

Derbi celebrate the ten year anniversary of their return to 125cc competition next season, and the Piaggio Group's Road Racing Director Giampiero Sacchi is confident that the landmark year will bring success.

"Dani Amatriain has repeatedly shown his ability to lead teams, and Pol Espargaro and Joan Olive are two of the present and future talents of the scene," said the Italian. "Starting a new era, all involved are very excited and looking for victories."

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125cc, 2007

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