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Jacque back on track with Kawasaki

Jacque back on track with Kawasaki

Jacque back on track with Kawasaki

The Kawasaki Racing Team were out in force for a development test at Catalunya yesterday, as Olivier Jacque returned to the team to test alongside regular Kawasaki pilots, Shinya Nakano and Alex Hofmann.

Jacque started the day with shakedown tests on the two Ninja ZX-RR MotoGP machines he'll race at Sachsenring and Valencia; while Nakano and Hofmann got straight down to testing with Kawasaki's tyre partner Bridgestone.

For Jacque the day ended with a minor crash, but the 31-year-old Frenchman declared himself happy with his progress after working his way through an intensive test schedule with his new crew.

"The idea of today's test was to shakedown the two bikes I'll use for the Sachsenring race next month," explained Jacque. "Despite conditions that weren't really ideal for testing, we've managed to get a lot done today. We've tried different set-ups on the bike and we've also had the opportunity to test a range of wet tyres from Bridgestone." Jacque slid off his Ninja ZX-RR – uninjured – right at the end of the day after being caught out by capricious track conditions.

"Unfortunately, right at the end of the day I crashed after being caught out with a wet tyre on a drying track. The rear just came round on me mid-corner and down I went. I've lost some skin off my little finger, but apart from that I'm perfectly okay and I'm looking forward to my next outing on the bike. Overall it's been a good day of testing."


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