Winner of the 125 Spanish Championship in 2000, Joan Olive broke into Grand Prix racing in 2001 riding for Honda alongside Dani Pedrosa and Toni Elias. His inaugural year left him 19th in the final standings with a lot of room for improvement. 2002 found him still with Honda, but improving only slightly over the previous year, finishing 12th.
In 2003 he graduated to the 250cc class, and piloted his Aprilia to a 12th place finish. The following season, a switch to the Italian Campetella Racing team proved difficult and pushed him back to 19th overall.
2005 brought Olive back to the 125cc class aboard an Aprilia where he placed 14th and began his climb up the standings to his best overall finish on an Aprilia of 8th in 2007. In 2008, aboard Derbi machinery, Olive achieved the best finish of his GP career, 7th at season's end. 2009 was also spent on a Derbi, but his final standing slipped to 9th overall.
Olive stepped up to the Moto2 class for 2010, riding for Antonio Banderas’ Jack & Jones team alongside teammate Kenny Noyes
Joan Olive #5 - Jack & Jones Racing
Born: November 22, 1984
Joan Olive 2010 Moto2 Results
Jack & Jones by A. Banderas
Announced as a new 4-stroke MotoGP World Championship class, Moto2 will replace the 250cc category from 2010. This new category is intended to be a prestigious yet cost-effective accompaniment to the premier class of MotoGP. Some of the key characteristics of this new category of Grand Prix racing will be the single engine supplier and a single tyre supplier. Honda Racing Corporation was chosen as the engine supplier, while Dunlop, currently present in the 125cc World Championships are to provide the tyres.
Moto2 technical specifications - in a nutshell
Powered by a one-make 600cc 4-stroke engine, producing around 150hp, the Moto2 class will continue the 250cc series' pursuit of developmental excellence with the running of a prototype chassis -free from limitation.
No production bike parts will be permitted for the frame, swing arm, fuel tank, seat or cowling, meaning that these aspects of the machine will be left to the manufacturer and designers' discretion.
Electronic systems will be more limited than those previously permitted in 250cc, which had seen select factories bringing in traction control in recent years. Moto2 rules will allow for data loggers, ECU and timing transponders supplied by the organiser, with a maximum total cost of the ECU's components set at 650 euros. No other electronic control, nor datalogging systems, will be present on the bikes.
Experience the excitement of the Premier Season of Moto2 Racing as Joan Olive rides to capture the inaugural Moto2 Championship crown.