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Sete happy with race pace

Sete happy with race pace

Sete happy with race pace

Sete Gibernau said he was more happy with his race pace than he was with his qualifying time after setting a new provisional pole record at the Nelson Piquet circuit. Gibernau's time of 1'48.618 was the fastest ever lap of the track by a motorcycle but the Spaniard remains focused on Sunday's race.

"As far as I am concerned Sunday starts today and we have done a good job with our preparations for the race," said Gibernau, who is tied on points with Rossi at the top of the championship but lies second by virtue of an inferior win rate. "We are very focused on improving my performance and that of the bike. Provisional pole position is circumstantial – the important thing is that I have a good feeling and I have set a rhythm in the 1'49 on race tyres from the start.

"It will be a hard race because of the competition and the heat so I am satisfied to have set so many quick laps. Tomorrow the aim is to do an endurance test. Last year I did 18 laps and I was the only one who could follow Valentino in the race. That is what I want to do again tomorrow."

Telefonica Movistar Honda MotoGP team-mate Colin Edwards was also happy with his rhythm, despite provisionally qualifying on the fourth row of the grid in twelfth place.

"I'm fairly happy today because I've got a good rhythm on race tyres – I was consistent in 1'50"3," commented the American. "Tomorrow I want to do an endurance to prepare myself properly for the race and step up my rhythm, which should be in the mid-49s to low 50s.

"The front end tucked on my fast lap and it cost me a half a second, but it's not a major drama."

MotoGP, 2004

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