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Gibernau takes inspiration from Asimo

Gibernau takes inspiration from Asimo

Gibernau takes inspiration from Asimo

Sete Gibernau continued his quest to be Honda's number one concern in MotoGP this afternoon, meeting their one true protégé, the robot Asimo. Discussions between Gibernau and Asimo remained private, but the humanoid did come out on top in a series of aptitude games, with Nicky Hayden and Andrea Dovizioso also caught out by the crafty robot.

"It was a really fun afternoon, Asimo is just incredible," commented Gibernau. "The Honda engineers are really amazing, and the technology these days is beyond words really."

Turning his attention to this weekend's action, when Gibernau will defend Honda's honour from the Yamaha invasion headed by his World Championship title rival Valentino Rossi, the Spaniard revealed he is in confident mood with just five rounds of the season remaining.

"From now on each Grand Prix will be crucial. I am just as focussed as ever and I just want to take each race as it comes. I can't think about which circuit I might like or which adapts best to my RC211V because the success of the race depends on how quickly we can find the right set-up.

"At Estoril we had problems all weekend because we didn't find a perfect set-up for the bike and we all know that when something isn't right it is difficult to fight for the victory. On Monday we stayed to test and I felt convinced that we can be confident about the remaining races. It will be important to know how to control the pressure and Valentino is very strong in that area.

"Right now he is the World Champion, I have never been in that situation and that's why I just want to keep improving and working hard with my team. Here we will need the right compromise between braking and acceleration and there is a 90 degree corner which requires an aggressive approach. It is a track which suits the Honda and I have done well here in the past."

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MotoGP, 2004, CAMEL GRAND PRIX OF JAPAN

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