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Olivier Jacque excited about MotoGP come-back

Olivier Jacque excited about MotoGP come-back

Olivier Jacque excited about MotoGP come-back

French rider Olivier Jacque announced that he will take part in the two next Grands Prix with Kawasaki, standing in for Alex Hofmann, who injured his left wrist during a promotional event ahead of the Portuguese Grand Prix.

The Kawasaki Racing team contacted Olivier Jacque, who only competed in two races last year with Moriwaki, and offered him a test ride on Monday at Estoril.

"I'm very happy to be back in Grand Prix racing," commented the former 250 World Champion, "and I'm pleased to know that I will ride at Le Mans for the French GP. Joining the Kawasaki team is really exciting, I already know many people there. Shinya Nakano is a good friend, my former team-mate and rival, when we fought for the 250 title. I also know Philipe Bourguignon, who will be my chief mechanic, as I previously worked with him when he was at Kayaba, but also Ichiro Yoda, my favourite engineer, who worked at Yamaha before joining Kawasaki."

"I rode the bike on Monday, right after the Grand Prix at Estoril, just to get to know the Kawasaki ZX-RR. The test went well, and I had a good feeling after completing 25 laps. I'm very impressed by the progress they made on the Grand Prix machines, the power of the engine and the Bridgestone tyres were good surprises. I hadn't ridden for seven months and I almost forgot how demanding it is, but I know I have to train hard."

"Everything happened really quickly and I'm very busy now! I have to get everything ready but I had some testing planned for the opening round of the French Rally Championship – I drive a Clio Group N for Renault. This is a hectic week, but all in all, I'm pleased to come-back in MotoGP with Kawasaki."

MotoGP, 2005

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