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Olivier Jacque speaks about Le Mans modifications

Olivier Jacque speaks about Le Mans modifications

Olivier Jacque speaks about Le Mans modifications

French star Olivier Jacque returned to his home track of Le Mans today and took his first look at the changes made to the historic circuit over the past year. The track length has been cut by 125 metres, with the `La Chapelle´ corner, just after the famous Dunlop Chicane, made shorter and more open.

Jacque was impressed with the change, but admitted that it would take several more modifications to adapt the track to his taste. `The change is okay but as far as I am concerned this track is still not technical enough,´ explained the Gauloises Yamaha Tech 3 rider, who missed last year´s race through injury. `I like fast tracks and this is certainly one of those, but I have to be honest and say that I do not like it. Around 70% is straight and only 30% is corners, so they would have to change a few more corners for my liking!´

Former 250cc World Champion Jacque revealed, however, that despite his indifference to the circuit, he is relishing the opportunity of racing in front of his fanatical home support. `The fans make up for the track here, that´s for sure,´ he grinned. `I am really looking forward to giving them something to shout about, especially after missing the race last year. It will be nice to erase that memory this weekend and hopefully my fans will cheer me on to a good result.

Tags:
MotoGP, 2002, Polini Grand Prix de France

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