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Sete Gibernau making good pace at the final test and already looking strong for ‘04
Sete Gibernau's 2003 season can be described as something of a career turnaround. Now that Valentino Rossi has departed to Yamaha Gibernau is the darling at Honda and the multi-title winning manufacturer still retains a pretty awesome line-up including Max Biaggi (many people's very early tip for Championship success in 2004) Nicky Hayden and Colin Edwards, with the vacant saddle next to Hayden in the Repsol squad still to be taken.Combining his vice-champion status along with the surprisingly fast and consistent synergy achieved with the RCV this season Gibernau is naturally the favoured Honda man for 2004, although he is modestly quick to dismiss the notion that he will receive or even wants preferential attention. "During this season I never asked for more than I had," he quipped. "Honda have always been correct with me. They told me what I would have during the year and that was delivered. Now we are all trying to understand what will happen that Valentino Rossi has gone. If he had the best parts it was because he was the World Champion and deserved those parts. I am confident that Honda will be able to supply us with what we need. I am aware that they will put six identical bikes on the grid, much in the way they have done at this test. Personally I just ask that they are aware of the areas of the bike that I need work on are taken into account with the ‘04 model to help me for next year. The work we have done at this test in Valencia will help us in our desired direction concerning the evolution.
14 years ago
14 years ago