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Q&A: Olivier Jacque.

Yes, this experience is an advantage for me because it will assist in better understanding the direction of the technical development of the bike.

And the new 800cc MotoGP class, what do you think?

Olivier Jacque:
I like the concept, it's an exciting new rule for MotoGP.

And what about riding style, is there any difference between the new 800cc bikes and the previous 990cc machines?

Olivier Jacque:
I don't think there is such a big difference in riding style between the bikes. When the 800cc machines first appeared there were actually many comparisons to the riding style of a 250cc two-stroke, but now I think this comparison is not so valid. At the beginning the relative lack of power with an 800, compared to a 990, is perhaps why some riders were comparing the bikes to 250s, but not anymore.

What do think is the potential of the 800cc Ninja ZX-RR and the Kawasaki team this year?

Olivier Jacque:
I think the potential will be strong, and perhaps surprise a few people. When I first rode the 800cc ZX-RR in testing it was already a very good motorcycle and during the winter programme we have developed a strong base for this season. There have not been any major problems, but as always in racing it is difficult to make predictions, especially compared to your rivals before the season has started. What is certain is that we will have to continue to work hard to constantly improve the level of our own performance.

It appears there is now a lower level of electronic control on the new 800cc motors, compared to the more powerful 990s. What impact will this have on the riders?

Olivier Jacque:
Yes, that's correct. One outcome of this will be to make the competition closer between all of the manufacturers. And for the riders it will mean less electronics to deal with, and put more importance on rider input, especially over a race distance.

Your team-mate this year is another French rider, the emerging MotoGP star Randy de Puniet. What do you think this all-French combination?

Olivier Jacque:
For me this is a very good situation, and I have a good relationship with Randy. We have had some good times together socially, most recently in Japan. At the racetrack we have a strong working relationship, very professional. We can talk about the bike and compare our information and try to increase our speed together. It's a friendly atmosphere, this is important.

How have you been preparing for the new season?

Olivier Jacque:
As soon as it was confirmed that I would be a race rider in MotoGP this year I have been doing a lot of hard training over the winter; I want to show faith in Kawasaki for this opportunity. Mainly just a lot of fitness work in the gymnasium. Unlike many riders I don't use bikes in my training, such as motocross or supermotard, I ride bikes enough during the grand prix season.

Long and exhausting pre-season test days are part of the MotoGP season. Is there a difference in the approach to testing and racing?

Olivier Jacque:
In testing you have to use your experience and work time with the team in a different way, obviously to maximise the performance of the bike, and there is more time available. But during a grand prix weekend there are only two hours per day on the track before the race, so the focus is more on lap times and being ready for the race. It is more intense.


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