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Gibernau relieved to take sixth

Gibernau relieved to take sixth

Gibernau relieved to take sixth

Despite his disappointment at only managing sixth place in the Camel Grand Prix of Japan on Sunday, Sete Gibernau said he was thankful for any points at all after a weekend marred by tyre problems.

The Telefonica Movistar Honda rider struggled all weekend with a new front compound brought to Motegi by Michelin specifically to combat the hard-braking zones of the Japanese circuit and only just made it to the finish line.

"We've had a lot of problems here this weekend and this is my worst Grand Prix since I came to Honda," commented Gibernau, who lost ten points on Valentino Rossi in the battle for the championship.

"I couldn't do much more in the situation we were in and I even have to thank God I finished sixth, which was unthinkable with the problems we had. I almost retired because I had a major problem with the front tyre from the start and I didn't know if I could hang on.

"In the end I made it to the finish line but with the tyre in pieces. When I saw it on my return to the pit box I realised how lucky I was that I didn't crash.

"This sort of thing has never happened to me before and I am sure Michelin want the best for us, but we need to go back to what we had before and the tyre which has always worked for me."

Tags:
MotoGP, 2004, CAMEL GRAND PRIX OF JAPAN

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