Olivier Jacque ended his two-stroke YZR500 chapter with a strong seventh after a race long battle with Antena 3 Yamaha d'Antin rider Norick Abe. The Frenchman, and teammate Shinya Nakano will make their four-stroke debuts in Malaysia next week on the Yamaha YZR-M1.

"I'm quite lucky because after (Sunday) morning's crash I wasn't feeling that good," said Jacque. "In the race I had a small clutch problem off the line before things started to come good. Once I got into a rhythm I began to really enjoying myself, although I didn't want to take unnecessary risks since next week I get the M1, which will be the start of a new chapter for me.

"I concentrated on staying clean and planning my move on Norick; he was very fast everywhere and made no mistakes until the last lap, which I took advantage of. I'm very happy with how it worked out and that's why I did the burnout in the pits," added the fiery Frenchman.

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