Jacque, Olivier

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Jacque, Olivier Gender: M
born on 29 August 1973 at 03:30 (= 03:30 AM )
Place Villerupt, France, 49n28, 5e56
Timezone MET h1e (is standard time)
Data source
BC/BR in hand
Rodden Rating AA
Collector: Geslain
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_vircol.18.gif 05°37' s_mo.18.gif s_vircol.18.gif 18°16 Asc.s_leocol.18.gif 10°05'

Olivier Jacque (at the 1996 Japanese GP)
photo: Rikita, license gfdl


French Grand Prix motorcycle road racer.

He was second in the 250cc European Championship in 1994, before moving on to the 250cc World Championship. He achieved a top ten finish in the points standings every year he competed. In 2000 he had a season-long battle for the championship with Tech 3 team-mate Shinya Nakano and Daijiro Kato, ultimately winning the 250cc Motorcycle World Champion on a Yamaha YZR250.

For 2001, he moved up to the 500 cc class with the Tech 3 team. He spent three years in them, before starting 2004 without a ride. He made one appearance on a Moriwaki bike, but again was rideless as 2005 started. He stepped in for the injured Alex Hofmann in China and stunned the series regulars by finishing 2nd to Valentino Rossi on the factory Kawasaki. He was then permanently hired by Kawasaki as an occasional extra race rider. He did not race for them in 2006, but was chosen for 2007 alongside countryman Randy de Puniet, ironically replacing Nakano.

However, the season was a disaster. At Istanbul he triggered a four-bike collision, missing his braking point into a corner on lap 1 and hitting Colin Edwards, with Dani Pedrosa and Chris Vermeulen also getting caught up. In the next round in Shanghai he crashed in practice, gashing his arm severely enough to be unable to race there or at Le Mans. He again crashed in practice at Barcelona, missing this race too.

Following the series of injuries, Olivier announced his retirement from MotoGP in June 2007. He remains as development rider and technical advisor for Kawasaki Racing Team.

Link to Wikipedia biography


Source Notes

Didier Geslain archive, 'sport auto moto' pdf file, p. 5.


  • Vocation : Sports : Race Bikes (Grand Prix motorcycle road racer)