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Mixed feelings for Gibernau at Estoril

Mixed feelings for Gibernau at Estoril

Mixed feelings for Gibernau at Estoril

Sete Gibernau says he is ready to race at the Grande Premio Marlboro de Portugal this weekend despite having ‘mixed feelings' about the Estoril circuit.

Gibernau's past record at the Portuguese track is not the best, but victory at Brno two weeks ago followed by two days of positive tests with a new exhaust system provided by HRC gives him every reason to approach the eleventh round of the season with confidence.

"I've got mixed feelings about Estoril because it is a circuit which I like, but where I have never really achieved the results I deserved," says Gibernau. "In 2000 I crashed out of the lead and in 2001 I retired after running straight.

"In 2002 I crashed out of the lead again just two laps from the end in the wet and last year I had a decent race but I was overtaken by Capirossi at the end and finished fourth. Hopefully things are different this season. The truth is that I'm feeling very motivated.

"The Brno tests were positive, we were able to spend two whole days testing the new stuff from Honda and there were things that improved the bike and things that didn't.

"We will have to see how the bike performs at Estoril but the most significant thing is that with the new exhaust system the bike is a bit more gentle on the power and rear wheel traction in the corner is better."


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