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Gibernau: "We got what we deserved"

Gibernau: 'We got what we deserved'

Gibernau: "We got what we deserved"

Sete Gibernau was brutally honest with his assessment of fourth place at the Grande Premio Marlboro de Portugal, a result which leaves him 29 points adrift of race winner Valentino Rossi at the top of the MotoGP World Championship standings.

Gibernau admitted to not being on top form during the practice sessions and said he paid the price during Sunday's race.

"We got what we deserved today because we've had a bad weekend in general and we've paid for it in the race," commented a despondent Gibernau. "I made too many mistakes in qualifying, we changed the bike again for the race and we didn't get it right. These things happen when everything is not perfectly in its place and we have to learn from it."

However, Gibernau's Telefonica Movistar Honda team boss Fausto Gresini insisted his rider should not take the blame and reaffirmed his confidence in the 31 year old.

"Sete gave his best but the setting wasn't right for the race and his level is better than fourth," said Gresini. "The whole weekend was tough and we lost precious time in the wet session. The important thing is that we are not beaten yet, even though ! the gap is increased. We will keep focused and fight for the championship until the end."

Tags:
MotoGP, 2004, GRANDE PREMIO MARLBORO DE PORTUGAL

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