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Gibernau targets repeat victory

Gibernau targets repeat victory

Gibernau targets repeat victory

After recovering from the disappointment of losing any chance of beating Valentino Rossi to the title in Australia last week, Sete Gibernau is hopeful of ending the season on a high at Valencia this weekend. The Spanish rider is secure in the runner-up spot for the second successive season and has one clear intention going into Friday's first free practice session.

"I would obviously like to have been arriving in Valencia with the title still up for grabs, let's not kid ourselves, but even though Valentino has won, the season is not over for me," says Gibernau. "I will go for it at Cheste, we will give our very best as we have done in every Grand Prix this season." Gibernau knows the Ricardo Tormo circuit better than most, having taken his debut victory here in 2001, and admits it is a tough but exciting prospect on the power-laden Honda RC211V.

"The track isn't that demanding on tyres, simply because it's so slow and tight that you rarely put all the horsepower to the ground, but at the same time, the more power you can put to the ground the faster you're going to go, so tyres are important here like they are everywhere," says Gibernau.

"Valencia is also physically demanding because it's all corners and because the corners are tight, so the bike is always trying to lift the front and run wide, so you really have to work it.

"It's one of those circuits where every corner is important, it all counts, so you've got to be good all around the track. There's no place where you can make up a few tenths all in one, it's all a tenth here and a tenth there. You need a lot of front tyre for turning in on the brakes, because there's a lot of tight corners, then you need good rear traction for acceleration.

"Racing at Valencia is always special because it is the last race of the season and it is always packed out. As a Spanish rider it is fantastic to compete there because you can hear the fans pushing you on, the atmosphere is incredible.

"There will be a lot of people there, a lot of my friends, and what I want is to concentrate as much as possible on the practice sessions and give myself a chance of thanking the fans for the support they have given me all season."


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