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Jacque excited and eager for Shanghai race

Jacque excited and eager for Shanghai race

Jacque excited and eager for Shanghai race

Olivier Jacque is back at the racing circuit this weekend to represent team Kawasaki Racing in place of Alex Hofmann who will miss the first ever Chinese GP due to injury. Practice sessions for the race are now underway and Jacque, who hasn't raced in a GP for seven months, is raring to go.

"It's a great opportunity for me to come back. I really enjoyed the first test I had last week in Estoril," said Jacque at the new Shanghai racetrack.

"At first, it was a bit scary as I hadn't ridden for seven months. It took a little while to get the eye used to the speed – when you do over 300 km/h in the straights, it's a bit strange after so much time without riding. Anyway, after a while I could see I still have the fire inside.

"We had a test on Tuesday in Japan, just to check my physical condition and the settings of the bike. All went well, so I'm pleased to be back here and riding on a new circuit, because nobody knows it. I hope this race will be a good training for so I can be ready for Le Mans.

"During the winter, I met Max (Biaggi) at the airport in Malaysia – I had been giving riding classes in Australia. It was a bit tough to see Max as I knew he was doing well with his bike and I could really feel what he was feeling – I had just done many laps at Phillip Island and many memories came up. Now I'm back and I'm really looking forward to this weekend."


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