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Olivier Jacque to take a break from MotoGP

Olivier Jacque to take a break from MotoGP

Olivier Jacque to take a break from MotoGP

Olivier Jacque has officially announced that he will not be lining up on the grid when the MotoGP World Championship gets underway in South Africa on April 18th next year. The Frenchman, who won the 250cc World Championship in 2000, explained that negotiations with several teams have not borne fruit and after three years in the premier-class he would rather not ride than risk the disappointment of potentially mediocre results.

"Unless I get an interesting offer very quickly I will not compete in MotoGP 2004," confirmed Jacque on Thursday. "If I get the chance to ride as a substitute during the season I'm not saying I wouldn't do it – we would have to see. But given the lack of opportunities available in MotoGP at the moment I would rather keep my motivation and enjoyment for riding intact in other disciplines which will be new to me but which will be at the top level.

"In any case I have a very busy December planned in France and abroad. There won't be a French rider involved in the start of the most important motorcycle championship in the world – which is sad for biking and for French sport in general. I am going to miss MotoGP but I have no intention of being an extra."

Jacque spent the 2003 season with Gauloises Yamaha and finished in twelfth place overall, with a best result of fourth place at his home round in Le Mans.

MotoGP, 2003

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