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Fausto Gresini reflects on another win for Gibernau

Fausto Gresini reflects on another win for Gibernau

Fausto Gresini reflects on another win for Gibernau

After Sete Gibernau´s third victory of the season at Assen on Saturday, the Telefónica Movistar Honda team have come to consolidate the first half of a season which began in the worst possible way. The death of Daijiro Kato rocked the whole MotoGP community, and the Italian outfit are still coming to terms with the tragedy. Team Manager Fausto Gresini spoke to about the mood within the team and their objectives for the remainder of the 2003 season. The former 250cc World Champion also takes a quick look back on an unforgettable year so far.

`This has without doubt been a very strange year for my team,´ reflects Gresini. `It was difficult to imagine that Sete would win so often and so comfortably – this has been a surprise for all of us. Firstly in South Africa, at a GP which was charged with emotion, and then in France – which was also very special not just because it was so exciting but also because some people had dared to suggest that Valentino let Sete win at Welkom. Now, after seven races, it is clear that Sete is a top class rider. To win at Assen, which is already a tough circuit because of its technical characteristics, in the way he did is very impressive´.

`Sete feels comfortable with the team, he is happy working with us and that is very important. He is very motivated, self-confident and has a positive way of thinking. He is transformed from the rider he was. He has a good machine and he is willing to show that he is a good rider. I think that at this level he has proved that – not just in the wet, which has also been suggested. Sete has performed well in the dry – such as his win in South Africa. He also rode well at Catalunya, and if it wasn´t for his crash at Jerez he would be very close to Rossi in the championship´.

In fact, Gibernau is just 38 points behind the World Champion with nine races still to go, but Gresini refuses to make any predictions: `Our aim is to finish as high as possible by being consistent and competitive throughout the season – and obviously win whenever possible because that is always nice! The victory in Holland was very special and we will continue working for more days like that ´.

Gibernau´s success has lifted the team, although Gresini admits that Kato´s tragic accident is always at the back of their minds. `We are still not over that yet,´ he says. `It was a very harsh thing to happen, a huge shock, but we also feel proud to carry on – it has given us extra motivation. We have channelled our energy into winning, just as Kato used to do, and we have given this chance to a rider who is capable of taking it. Sete is our flag bearer now and we are all focussed on giving him our support to continue with his excellent progress.´

MotoGP, 2003

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