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Gibernau looking to turn back the clock

Gibernau looking to turn back the clock

Gibernau looking to turn back the clock

Sete Gibernau faces one of the most important challenges of his career this weekend as he looks to recover lost ground on Valentino Rossi at a circuit none of the riders have ever visited before. The Spaniard has not been on the podium for the past two races and now trails the Italian by 39 points, meaning Rossi could set up a title shot at the next round in Malaysia should Gibernau falter again this weekend.

After his sudden dip in results the Telefonica Movistar Honda rider says it is vital he adapts swiftly to the new surroundings in Qatar and gets back to the form he showed in the opening ten races of the season

"I only know the design of the circuit," said Gibernau before his arrival at the track on Wednesday. "It's new and none of us, except Randy Mamola, have ridden there. I think there are a lot of European-style corners, but we won't really get an idea until we get out there for the first time in the free practice on Thursday morning.

"I think the heat will be a problem for the tyres and the engine, and the sand is also something we're all worried about. Personally, I just want to get back to working well as we were doing and be as competitive as we were before Portugal, where we started to have problems.

"The fact that this is a new circuit for everybody and nobody is going out with an advantage should motivate us to do a good job in qualifying and be as strong as possible for the race."

Tags:
MotoGP, 2004, MARLBORO GRAND PRIX OF QATAR

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