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Gibernau and Team Gresini satisfied after confirming Vice-Champion status in Phillip Island

Gibernau and Team Gresini satisfied after confirming Vice-Champion status in Phillip Island

Gibernau and Team Gresini satisfied after confirming Vice-Champion status in Phillip Island

Sete Gibernau started the GP in Australia in spectacular fashion with a huge crash in the first session that virtually destroyed his bike, and finished the event Sunday afternoon as runner-up in the MotoGP World Championship. It was without a doubt an intense weekend for the rider from Barcelona and for his Telefónica MoviStar Honda. The Italian squad, who endured a tough and emotional time at the start of the year with the death of their other rider Daijiro Kato, were cleared enormously satisfied with their achievement and efforts throughout the season spearheaded by Gibernau's speed and new-found form.

Team director Fausto Gresini had this to say about the weekend: "It certainly was not an easy GP. Sete had two crashes during the weekend and it became very important that we finished the race and made sure of the vice-Champion position. We have deserved it and I am very happy. Congratulations to Sete, he rode well today and concentrated to the flag despite suffering the confidence knock of those two falls. We know that we have to improve for the future and we are now already working towards this."

For his part, the Spaniard had this to say about his penultimate GP: "During the whole season I have been thinking only about the race and trying not to look too much at the bigger picture, for this first time, at this GP, I was focussing on the number two plate. It was a complicated and testing weekend. The crash on Saturday meant that I lost a lot of practice time, and then after the fall in warm-up I had to go into the race with the second bike. I made a decent start but then encountered some problems when I wanted to go down through the gearbox; from that point I was thinking only in the Championship. Objective completed, obviously I would have preferred to be on the podium, but I am really happy."

Gibernau, who grabbed his first victory only two years ago at the GP of Valencia now returns to the venue eager to repeat the success and round off what has been an excellent season for him on the right note: "I am really looking forward to the last race at home. I will arrive at Valencia relaxed and keen to win again. It will be important to put on a good show for the fans and people who have supported me."

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MotoGP, 2003

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