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Apologetic Jacque will be ready for China

Apologetic Jacque will be ready for China

Olivier Jacque has acknowledged his mistake during the first lap of Sunday's Grand Prix of Turkey, which resulted in a costly multiple collision involving three other riders.

Olivier Jacque has acknowledged his mistake during the first lap of Sunday's Grand Prix of Turkey, which resulted in a costly multiple collision involving three other riders.

The Kawasaki rider had tried to overtake Alex Barros (Pramac D'Antin Ducati) and Chris Vermeulen (Rizla Suzuki) on an inside line as a packed group approached a tight left hand corner near the end of the first lap, but applied his brakes too late with so many riders around him and could find no way out.

Realising his error, Jacque attempted to correct his corner angle, but clipped the rear end of Colin Edwards' Yamaha, immediately ending the American's race. Jacque and Edwards both hit the ground hard, causing Repsol Honda's Dani Pedrosa to crash and sustain injuries which ended his participation, also taking Chris Vermeulen out temporarily – although the Aussie Rizla Suzuki man remarkably remounted to finish in 11th place.

Jacque ended up in hospital, although he has no broken bones, and whilst Pedrosa was also lucky not to sustain any fractures he was clearly shaken. Although Edwards suffered only a swollen knee he was furious that he race had been ended so prematurely after starting second on the grid, with Jacque apologising openly after the race.

"I am really sorry about what happened and there are no excuses. I made a mistake," admitted the 33 year-old Frenchman. "I got a decent start and I was feeling good. It was a big group and I saw a good opportunity to make places up after the fast turn into the chicane. I was in the middle of the group and I missed my braking marker and when I braked it was too late. There was no space. I had no way out and couldn't avoid touching Edward's rear wheel. I flew into the air and landed on my coccyx. I thought I had broken it, as it was really painful, but luckily it is not."

"Now I still feel a little bit dizzy but I feel even worse for the team as we had worked really hard throughout the weekend and the bike was feeling very good. I'm really looking forward to China to work even harder and reward them."

The former 250cc World Champion's severe headache and slightly damaged coccyx ruled him out of a scheduled Monday test session at Istanbul Park but as he stated he should return to action at the Grand Prix of China in under two weeks time on 6th May.

Tags:
MotoGP, 2007, GRAND PRIX OF TURKEY

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