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Olivier Jacque motivated for Germany

Olivier Jacque motivated for Germany

Olivier Jacque motivated for Germany

Frenchman Olivier Jacque is pumped for the latest round of the World Championship taking place this weekend at the Sachsenring for the Grand Prix of Germany. The Gauloises Yamaha rider has recovered after his crash at Donington Park, where he suffered a strong blow to the head and some pain with his right foot after a nasty looking accident when his bike spat him off exiting the tricky Melbourne Loop. Last year Jacque was one of the key players in the GP of Germany. He fought for the lead of the GP up until the third lap from the end when he was taken out by now current team-mate Alex Barros. Both riders hit the ground allowing Valentino Rossi to collect his seventh consecutive win without drama. The memory of the spill does not taint Jacque's mindset going into round eight of the 2003 campaign.

`I am really motivated for this weekend. I am feeling fine after my crash at the last GP in Britain and I keep good memories of racing at Sachsenring´, remarked the rider who will be thirty years old next month. `Last year I started from pole position and led the race. I had the victory in my hands until Alex Barros came through and forced us both to crash. This happened when I was still riding the 500; a lively and agile bike,´ In contrast to most of his peers in the premier class Jacque is keen to return to the tight and narrow circuit of the Sachsenring: `I really like this small track, it is curvy and the work and ability of the rider counts for a lot. It's a technical circuit with slow parts and cambered bends, a place where the rider has to be very precise. The slightest change in acceleration can alter your trajectory. You have to be agile and calculated. If you don't take the first corner in the right place then it has consequences for the next section of the track. It won't allow you to make the slightest of errors!´

Jacque is conscious of the fact that this year onboard the four-stroke M1 things will be different: `This is the first time I will be attempting the circuit with the four-stroke. Due to the characteristics of the engine and power I will have to be very careful where and when I open the gas. I think it will be considerably harder to ride at a high level compared to the two-stroke. We have seen at every circuit since the start of the season that Rossi is riding at maybe a second or a second and a half faster than last year on the four-stroke. The progression of these bikes is phenomenal!´

Concerning the Championship, the former 250cc World Champion feels that good times are just ahead thanks mainly to the efforts of his team in improving the bike: `I feel like we are progressing. I am comfortable with the Yamaha; the engine and the tyres have improved. The machine isn't quite at the level of our competitors but we have made small steps, especially with the electronics that prevented us from advancing in the past. I hope we can move forward further in Germany and I must thank the team because they have been working really hard.´

MotoGP, 2003, Cinzano Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland

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