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Jacque confident ahead of German GP

Jacque confident ahead of German GP

Jacque confident ahead of German GP

Olivier Jacque will join the Kawasaki Racing Team this weekend at the Sachsenring for his third MotoGP appearance of the season. Contracted as a test-rider by the Japanese factory after standing in for the injured Alex Hofmann in China and France, the Frenchman will race as a wildcard in Germany, but also later this year in Valencia.

In China, Jacque made a stunning comeback, clinching second in a rain-soaked race – his first Grand Prix on the Ninja ZX-RR. He's obviously pleased to have the opportunity to come back on the MotoGP scene and relishes the challenge lying ahead.

"I'm really looking forward to race again with Kawasaki. It has been two months and half since my last race and I know it won't be easy. Doing just a few Grand Prix in a season is a bit strange. I will have to find the pace quickly and being efficient during the four one-hour sessions will be the key. I won't have too much time to get ready for the race and we now have to schedule our work very precisely. I'm confident anyway, every time I get on the bike, the feeling comes back right away."

"I will be the third Kawasaki rider alongside Shinya Nakano and Alex Hofmann, with a new crew led by Mr Naoyama. We tested last month in Germany and we are still learning to work with each other."

"I love the Sachsenring. It's a very technical track, which puts the emphasis on riding skills. I have good memories of this track: I won there on the 250cc in 2000, and after getting the pole position, I came close to winning the race in 2002 on the 500cc, until Alex Barros took me out. The track is formed by a very twisty section were the line is very tight, and the newer section is very fast and undulated. Usually, the lap times are pretty close and the set-up of the bike is very important. The bike must be well balanced, but also very consistent on a race distance."

"I hope to get a good result, I'm not dreaming about winning, but I want to pay Kawasaki back for their faith. The weather will be important, and in Germany, you can expect anything!"


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