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Olivier Jacque declares his plans for 2004

Olivier Jacque declares his plans for 2004

Olivier Jacque declares his plans for 2004

After a spell of nine years competing in the World Championships, Olivier Jacque, for the first time, is now staring at the prospect of a new year without any immediate sporting ambitions. The Frenchman, who last December announced that he will not take part in the 2004 MotoGP series due to a lack of viable offers, has revealed that his recent attempts to branch into the car racing world have still to bare any fruit at this current time.

Jacque was one of the finalists in the `FFSA Subaru WRC Challenge´, an organised selection process/event between the manufacturer and the French Federation to determine a crew to dispute the National Rally Championship this season and various appearances in the World series steering a Subaru Impreza, but he wasn't selected: "It was an interesting experience," remarked the 2000 250cc World Champion to

"We went through different phases as part of the test and not a single part was easy, because there was something like 120 drivers present. I got down to the group of the last three finalists but the other two were Stéphane Sarrazin and Brice Tirabassi, both of whom have a lot of experience in the sport and ultimately there was not a place for me. However the representatives of Subaru said that there may well be a chance to make some tests and drives later in the year."

The 30 year old is also hoping to dedicate more time to his team ‘0.J'., that helps promote young French talent with riders performing in the domestic series and also in the prestigious Spanish 125cc competition, but he has also not ruled out a quick return to the Grand Prix scene should a space become vacant on the MotoGP grid: "Naturally, although I do not have a ride at the moment, I will keep contact with the teams and be ready if an opportunity arises. They know my position and my ability, so now it is a matter of being patient."

MotoGP, 2003

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