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Olivier Jacque hopeful before another season with Gauloises Yamaha

Olivier Jacque hopeful before another season with Gauloises Yamaha

Olivier Jacque hopeful before another season with Gauloises Yamaha

2002 proved to be a disappointing season for Olivier Jacque, but the Frenchman remains hopeful for the future. He has just inked a new deal with Gauloises Yamaha, to ride a YZR-M1 Yamaha alongside his new team mate, Alex Barros. With the onus on continuity, the former 250cc World Champion hopes to enjoy new successes in the MotoGP class.

`After a year of transition, I´m pleased to stay with Tech3,´ he says. `I raced with the 2-stroke Yamaha with little hope of success, and with the 4-stroke at the end of the season, and it was a great testing opportunity. I work perfectly with this team. We´ve been working together for a long time and we won the 250cc title together in 2000. At this level of competition, I believe the feeling with the technical staff is very important´.

This year, Jacque wasn´t able to defend his chances against the usual front runners of the class, but next season could match his expectations. ´We have everything we need to prepare 2003 with serenity. The YZR-M1 Yamaha has a lot of potential and we´ll test a lot this winter. We will be able to improve at every level´. $$$ Next year, Barros, one of the most impressive rider in the late stages of the season aboard the RC211V Honda, will be a solid addition to the French team. ´Alex Barros joining the team is a very positive point. He has a lot of experience in Grand Prix racing, knows how to set-up a bike and won races aboard the bike that won the title. I think we´ll do some good work together´.

´With Gauloises, Yamaha, Tech3 and Michelin, we do all we can to reach our goals of success´ concluded Jacque. Indeed, the winning formula seems not that far away, but there´s still an important step to take. A busy winter program lies ahead for the Frenchman, as a first testing session in Valencia in early December will kick off the 2003 season.

MotoGP, 2002

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