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Le Mans opens for business with pre-event press conference

Le Mans opens for business with pre-event press conference

Le Mans opens for business with pre-event press conference

The build-up to the French GP kicked off toady with a pre-event press conference attended by several riders, including Oliver Jacque, Marco Melandri, and Randy de Puniet.

Frenchman Oliver Jacque stunned race fans two weeks ago when he stormed through the historic first ever Chinese GP in Shanghai to finish in second place, just 1.7 seconds behind winner Valentino Rossi.

"The phone has not stopped ringing since I got back from China and, after more than a year away from MotoGP, it was hard to get used to," admitted Jacque, who will make way for Hofmann's return at the next round in Italy. "Now I'm quite impatient to get on the bike and start racing. For the fans and the show I hope the weather is dry, but in terms of results it would probably be better for me in the wet."

Several other MotoGP rides took advantage of their free time this afternoon to visit the Musée Automobile de la Sarthe in Le Mans, as the teams set up camp in preparation for the fourth installment of GP action on Sunday.

The riders in attendance at the museum – which is actually within the Le Mans complex – included John Hopkins, Rubén Xaus, and 125cc World Championship leader Mika Kallio; while MotoGP Championship leader Valentino Rossi took a cruise along the river Seine in Paris as he spoke to various local journalists.

Japanese rider Makoto Tamada used his afternoon to visit the Clínica Móvil and continue his rehabilitation in preparation for his MotoGP return on Sunday. Tamada was finally confirmed for action this week after several weeks out of action due to the wrist fracture he sustained at Estoril.

The real action will get underway tomorrow with all three categories having a free practice session in the morning. The afternoon will see the first qualifying practice sessions for the 125 and 250 categories; while the MotoGP riders will have their second free practice.

Tags:
MotoGP, 2005, GRAND PRIX ALICE DE FRANCE

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