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Olivier Jacque back on track with Kawasaki Racing

Olivier Jacque back on track with Kawasaki Racing

Olivier Jacque back on track with Kawasaki Racing

Former 250 World Champion Olivier Jacque has taken part in today's test at Estoril with the Kawasaki Racing team, standing in for German rider Alex Hofmann who was injured in a freak exhibition crash in the build-up to last weekend's Portuguese GP.

The Frenchman was assisting Shinya Nakano with planned development tests on the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-RR, the focus being on engine management components designed to improve power delivery and throttle response.

"We haven't made any decision so far, but it's very likely that Olivier will ride for us in the next two races as a substitute for Alex. Today he tested with us and his performances were pretty satisfying for a rider who hasn't ridden for a while," commented technical director Ichiro Yoda.

"Olivier is a very good rider for sure, and I think he's the best option as he's not contracted to any other team. And also, it's better for a factory team like us if we can line-up two riders."

The Kawasaki Racing team has confirmed that Hofmann will be out of action for the next five weeks, but that no final decision had been taken so far about his replacement.

Yamaha was also testing at Estoril; with the official Gauloises Yamaha team. Valentino Rossi ironed out the issues he had last weekend, while team-mate Colin Edwards worked on the general set-up and the engine mapping of his YZR-M1.

Spaniards Ruben Xaus and Toni Elias were also back on track to gain mileage with the satellite Fortuna Yamaha team, with Xaus walking unscathed from a crash.

At Suzuki, Kenny Roberts and John Hopkins focussed on tyre testing for Bridgestone. Both riders were happy with the work and seem to have found the direction to follow for the development of the tyres.

Ducati joined the three Japanese factories as Carlos Checa did some comparisons with the data collected over the weekend and refined the set-up of his Desmosedici, while team-mate Loris Capirossi didn't ride as he is still recovering from his left ankle injury.

MotoGP, 2005, GRANDE PREMIO DE PORTUGAL, Kawasaki Racing Team

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