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Jacque to fill in for Hofmann again

Jacque to fill in for Hofmann again

Jacque to fill in for Hofmann again

Kawasaki Racing Team test and development rider Olivier Jacque will replace the injured Alex Hofmann for this Sunday's Marlboro Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix.

Jacque has also been nominated to replace Hofmann for next week's Marlboro GP of Qatar GP in Doha. Jacque's call-up reunites the Frenchman with Kawasaki lead rider, Shinya Nakano, with the pair having been 250cc team-mates in the past. The race in Sepang will be Jacque's fourth race appearance for Kawasaki this season, with the Frenchman having previously contested the Chinese, French and German Grand Prix events.

Hofmann has returned to Germany and is undergoing treatment for the fractured left ankle he sustained in last Sunday's Japanese Grand Prix. The injury at Motegi is the latest in what has been a frustratingly injury-hit campaign for the German.

Since he last raced for Kawasaki at the German Grand Prix at the end of July, Jacque has been busy testing, training and celebrating his 32nd birthday, which was on August 29th.

Jacque's testing duties have included sessions in both Europe and Japan, working with technicians from Kawasaki and tyre supplier Bridgestone on the MotoGP development programme.

"It is a strange feeling to be a replacement in these circumstances," said Jacque. "As a racer I feel bad for Alex, I know how difficult it is, but on the other hand it is an opportunity for me to be back on the ZX-RR and to show my ability. I didn't have a lot of time to get organised, I got a phone call at home in London last Sunday morning, and here I am at Sepang."

"This is not my favourite track, but I think our bike should handle quite well here, especially in the shorter corners. But there are two long straights, one after the other, which puts the emphasis on top speed. I've been testing and training so I'm fit, now I'm just looking for some good results - second place in China seems so long ago."

Tags:
MotoGP, 2005, MARLBORO MALAYSIAN MOTORCYCLE GRAND PRIX

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