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Sete Gibernau reflects on a good days' work for himself and Spain at Le Mans

Sete Gibernau reflects on a good days' work for himself and Spain at Le Mans

Sete Gibernau reflects on a good days' work for himself and Spain at Le Mans

The Telefónica Movistar Honda have cause again to celebrate this week after Sete Gibernau scored his second race win of the season. In a closely fought battle with Valentino Rossi Gibernau emerged victorious from the second ´wet´ race and collected another haul of 25 points. The achievement also marked a special day for Spanish Motorcycle racing.

The rider from Barcelona seized the opportunity offered by the interruption of the rain to thrill the packed Le Mans circuit with a close duel for the lead with Rossi on the final lap.

The 30 year old, who´s best result in three previous visits to Le Mans was a ninth position in 2001, sensed the win was in his grasp as the race was restarted and made the most of the opportunity and his renewed conviction: `I knew I had a chance and I took it. It was a very close last lap and it was great fun – I hope the fans enjoyed it too. After the race in Jerez when I fell on the fourth lap I needed a result. I want to thank my team for their great job because they are working very hard. Tomorrow we will continue working on the set-up of my "full factory" RC211V.´

Fausto Gresini, at the end of the day remarked: `Sete was incredible, especially considering the conditions in the race today. He was up at the front, fighting for the lead – I could tell he had confidence in himself and the result shows he was right.´

The victory crowned a remarkable day of results for Spain, because it was the first time in the history of the sport that the country had stepped on top of the podium on the same day and triumphed in all of the classifications. The nearest occasion (and the last time Spanish riders were victorious over three races) can be traced back to 1988 and the Czechoslovak GP at Brno, when Joan Garriga owned the honours in the 250cc category and Jorge Martínez `Aspar´ won both the 125 and 80cc classes.

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MotoGP, 2003

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