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Gibernau optimistic ahead of the race

Gibernau optimistic ahead of the race

Gibernau optimistic ahead of the race

Sete Gibernau says he is happy with his race pace for the Veltins Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland after completing an endurance test in the morning and qualifying fourth fastest in the afternoon.

"I am optimistic about the race because once again the team have prepared well," commented Gibernau. "I would have liked to be on the front row because it is difficult to overtake at this circuit, but we are all very close.

"In the morning we did an endurance and it didn't go badly at all. We wanted to do another in the afternoon but a couple of things cropped up which set our plans back and we had to sort them out, which we were able to do.

In the warm-up we have to pick up from the end of today's session and then get a good start in the race. From there it will be a long and hard race for everybody."

"We have worked a lot on the set-up of the bikes and we've found a good compromise," confirmed Telefonica Movistar Honda Team Manager Fausto Gresini.

"Sete improved his time from yesterday and, although he missed out on the front row, I am not worried because he has a good rhythm. Colin has also improved but he needs to find some more solutions in the warm-up."

Colin Edwards lowered his time from yesterday by nine tenths and is hoping to make up further ground in the race after improving his feeling with the bike. "We found a good compromise with the setting of the bike in the morning and in the afternoon we made a few changes which improved things even more," commented the American.

"The feeling is good and the bike is running well but I need to make the most of the qualifying tyres to get a better position on the grid. It's really important to get a good start at this circuit because it's so tight and twisty and, personally, I'll have to be aggressive on the first few laps to try and get in touch with the front group, although I know it is tough to overtake here."

Tags:
MotoGP, 2004, VELTINS MOTORRAD GP DEUTSCHLAND, QP2

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