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OJ in doubt after early crash

OJ in doubt after early crash

OJ in doubt after early crash

Olivier Jacque sustained a back injury after crashing in the first free practice session this morning at Losail and did not participate in the afternoon as he underwent treatment at Doha hospital.

Making his debut appearance at the Losail Circuit, Jacque ran straight on at the second-gear turn eight. Jacque's Ninja ZX-RR became unbalanced as he rode across the gravel trap and he fell at relatively low speed.

He returned to the track on his spare bike and finished 16th in the morning session while still learning the convoluted 5.3 km Losail circuit. On the day Jacque finished 19th overall.

Before the second free practice session Jacque went to the Clinica Mobile for massage treatment, but did not have a full range of movement so was admitted to hospital. A member of the Clinica Mobile staff accompanied Jacque to hospital. The Kawasaki team is awaiting further medical reports before assessing Jacque's situation.

"It was a strange crash," said Jacque. "I was still learning the track and just ran straight on across the gravel, but the stones were much bigger than normal and it was difficult to control the bike. I have strained my shoulder and neck. What I have found on my first day at Losail is that many of the corners look the same, they appear to repeat themselves, and there are not a lot of reference points for braking and track position."

Tags:
MotoGP, 2005, MARLBORO GRAND PRIX OF QATAR

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