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Olive still fighting hard for first win

Olive still fighting hard for first win

Belson Derbi´s Joan Olive lies fourth in the 125cc standings at present and is still battling to achieve an elusive first Grand Prix win after his bad luck in France.

Though last Sunday´s rain interrupted race at Le Mans played into the hands of certain riders Belson Derbi´s Joan Olive was certainly not one of that group, having been in the lead when the original contest was interrupted – only to end up eighth at the end of the five-lap re-run.

Having finished runner-up twice in the opening three rounds, in Qatar and Portugal, the French result was another case of `what might have been´ for the 23 year-old Spanish competitor.

`The second race was a complete lottery,´ commented Olive. `At the start I couldn´t get away and everyone just went past me. At the end of the straight I managed to make up quite a few places but I was already too far behind the leading riders to catch up in only five laps.´

`From my point of view I am happy with the job I did and it was fairly normal stuff for France, where it rains one minute and rains the next.´

`In the first race I was pretty relaxed, just waiting for the end of the race and saving the tyres,´ he continued. `I was just trying to avoid getting caught up in any group. But when I saw the rain starting to fall I wanted to get in front, just in case the race got stopped. There wasn´t long to go in the first race, but it wasn´t to be.´

Olive nonetheless refuses to get downbeat and is aware that round six at Mugello provides another opportunity to secure that elusive first win. `It is a shame that we didn´t get there, but we won´t give in and we will keep pushing for the victory,´ he concluded.

125cc, 2008, Joan Olive, Belson Derbi

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