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Jacque optimistic despite difficult 2007 start

Jacque optimistic despite difficult 2007 start

Kawasaki Racing's Olivier Jacque has admitted his 2007 season has not got off to an ideal start but aims to make amends in China, at one of his favourite circuits.

Kawasaki Racing's Olivier Jacque has admitted his 2007 season has not got off to an ideal start but aims to make amends in China, at one of his favourite circuits.

Jacque apologised after causing a first lap crash in Turkey which prematurely ended his Grand Prix and took Dani Pedrosa and Colin Edwards out of the equation, leaving all three with some heavy bumps and bruises.

That came after a disappointing 18th place finish in Jerez where the Frenchman was hindered by handling problems at the southern Spanish circuit, meaning that thus far he has collected just four World Championship points after crossing the line 12th in the opening race in Qatar.

"I guess it's fair to say that the season hasn't started how I was hoping," acknowledged the former 250cc World Champion. "The first race was a fairly positive start, but the second in Jerez was a nightmare. And then, after seeing the improvement in the bike during practice and qualifying in Istanbul, I was really optimistic for the race. What can I say; I screwed up by crashing on the opening lap. It was the first time in my career that this has happened to me. On the Monday I was both physically and psychologically devastated, but my bruises are healing and I need to think only about this weekend's race in Shanghai now."

The 33 year-old rider has the perfect chance to put things right in the Far East, at a venue which was the scene of his best ever MotoGP result. He commented: "I am confident that a top ten finish is possible this weekend. I like this circuit, and I have fond memories of my second place here in the wet when I stood in for Alex Hofmann on the Ninja ZX-RR back in 2005. I think it will be difficult to repeat this result this time around, but that won't stop me from trying."

Tags:
MotoGP, 2007, SINOPEC GREAT WALL LUBRICANTS GRAND PRIX OF CHINA

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