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Q&A: Olivier Jacque.

You have had a long and varied grand prix career, including winning the 250cc world championship in 2000. What are some of your personal highlights?

Olivier Jacque:
The first would be winning the 250cc world championship, which was a very satisfying result for me. And the Chinese Grand Prix in Shanghai in 2005 was also a special moment, one that I could share with Kawasaki. It was a wet race, a lot of rain, and I finished second which was Kawasaki's best result in MotoGP. And then signing on as a factory race rider with Kawasaki was a very happy moment for me.

In 2007 there are 18 races on the calendar, the longest ever GP season. What do think about this schedule?

Olivier Jacque:
I'll tell you at the end of the season, but for sure it is a lot of work!

Racing motorcycles has been your life, but if were not a professional rider, what would you be doing?

Olivier Jacque:
I would like to open a sushi bar, because I love Japanese food. And I would probably be involved in the sport in some way, perhaps in a technical area with a team.

You live in London, what's that like?

Olivier Jacque:
I enjoy London a lot, although it can be quite cold in winter. And there are some good sushi restaurants there, and clubs to go to with my friends. There also are some great places, like Portobello, away from the tourist areas plus the theatre - I like musical comedy. I live near the King's Road in Chelsea, the Sloane Street area, and there are always a lot of interesting things to do.

You have a new helmet design this year, is that of special significance?

Olivier Jacque:
No, not really, there is no special meaning. I got together with my designer and we just wanted to make something very different for this season.

What are your personal goals for the 2007 season?

Olivier Jacque:
Just to be racing at my top level, to get the best out of myself and the Kawasaki ZX-RR - that's it. If I do that I'm sure some positive results will flow during the season.

Related Pictures

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Jacque, Malaysia MotoGP Test November 2006
Jacque, Sepang MotoGP test, February 2007
Jacque, Sepang MotoGP test, January 2007
Kyle Smith, Aegerter, Hook on Suzuka podium (pic: TSR)
Smith at Suzuka 8 Hours (pic: Yamaha)
Espargaro at Suzuka 8 Hours (pic: Yamaha)
Smith, Espargaro, Nakasuga celebrate Suzuka win (pic: Yamaha)
Casey Stoner at Suzuka 8 Hours (pic:
Smith, Espargaro, Nakasuga win Suzuka (pic: Yamaha)
Casey Stoner at Suzuka (pic: Musashi)
Pol Espargaro at Suzuka 8 Hours (pic: Yamaha)
Bradley Smith tests for Suzuka (pic: Yamaha)
Pol Espargaro tests for Suzuka (pic: Yamaha)
Pol Espargaro tests for Suzuka (pic: Yamaha)
Smith, Espargaro, Nakasuga ready for Suzuka 8 Hours (pic: Yamaha)
Marc Marquez tests at Misano (pic: Honda)
Dani Pedrosa tests 2016 Honda (pic: Honda).
Bradley Ray (GBR), FTR Moto2, Moto2, [Credit: Bonnie Lane]

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