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Sete Gibernau to make his one hundredth GP start

Sete Gibernau to make his one hundredth GP start

Sete Gibernau to make his one hundredth GP start

The Gran Premio Cinzano D´Italia which takes place this coming Sunday in Mugello will mark the one hundredth career start for Sete Gibernau. The Catalan rider made his debut in World Championship competition almost ten years ago. His first race was the Spanish Grand Prix in Jerez, in May of 1992. That day Gibernau lined up in the 250 class, and came home in 27th position. After another outing as a wildcard rider in a Spanish GP, he began his first full season in the quarter-litre category in 1996. That year he begun the campaign aboard a Honda, but ended it on a Yamaha of Team Rainey after Tetsuya Harada had left the outfit. Sete spent the following season with the same team, but made the jump up to the 500cc class. His best result was the sixth place he achieved in the final GP of the term in Australia. In 1998 he moved on again to ride the dual cylinder Honda of the Repsol set-up, and took his first career podium at the circuit of Jarama in the Gran Premio de la Comunidad de Madrid. He remained with Repsol the year after, and went on to inherit the Honda 4 cylinder ride of Mick Doohan after the Australian suffered a serious crash in Jerez. After one further season with Repsol Honda, Gibernau signed up with the Telefonica Movistar Suzuki team in 2001, and took his first career victory at the GP of Valencia in a rain-affected race.

When he leaves the starting grid on Sunday, the 29 year-old will join a select group of riders who have completed in one hundred or more Grand Prix. In the MotoGP category there are eleven other riders to have reached the mark, of those currently competing are; Alex Barros, who with 198 starts has almost double those of Gibernau. Next in the list come Italians Loris Capirossi (174) and Max Biaggi (153), behind them are Carlos Checa (124), Norick Abe (112), and also Gibernau´s team-mate, Kenny Roberts (111).

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MotoGP, 2002, Gran Premio Cinzano d'Italia

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