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Sete Gibernau upbeat before Rio, despite Portuguese blow

Sete Gibernau upbeat before Rio, despite Portuguese blow

Sete Gibernau upbeat before Rio, despite Portuguese blow

Even if Valentino Rossi will remain in the books as the winner of the MotoGP race held at a rain-soaked Estoril, for many people, Suzuki´s Sete Gibernau will be remembered as the man of the day. The Spaniard took the lead in the early stages of the race and demonstrated his skills on the wet until a crash put an end to his dreams of victory, when there were only three laps to go.

Despite this heart-breaking outcome, Gibernau remains focussed on the next race, as he´s not one to whine about the past. At the moment, he´s more concerned about the consequences of his crash: ´What happened in Portugal already belongs to the past. Of course, I would have preferred to win the race, but I didn´t make it. It isn´t worth thinking too much about it. Right now, the problem is that I´m not fully fit after this crash, I have a sore shoulder´.

Asked about his performance in the wet, the Suzuki rider remains modest - last year, he took his first and only win in the class in a wet race, in Valencia. He stresses he had other opportunities to shine during the season. ´I had a good race in Donington and took sixth, and there were other satisfying races. I think the rain may be a bit of a leveller, but not much´.

After having spent most of his season working on the new 4-stroke GSV-R, Gibernau wants to finish the season on a high note. ´We worked on the base of the bike all year long, on the frame and the engine. Now, we´re waiting more radical developments, which depends on the factory. We´ve been working with a new clutch for the last couple of races. The race in Rio may be tough, because of the pain. However, I like this track and I want to do my best there... like in Estoril, but with more luck this time !´.

MotoGP, 2002

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