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Gibernau blames bad tyre choice

Gibernau blames bad tyre choice

Gibernau blames bad tyre choice

Sete Gibernau admitted that he had made a mistake with his tyre choice for the race at Valencia on Sunday after finishing in fourth place. The Spaniard was the only rider to choose a hard compound, risking on the possibility of rising track temperatures but seeing his gamble backfire.

"We made a completely wrong rear tyre choice and that is our responsibility. We were the only ones to pick a hard tyre, thinking that the temperature would rise, and it didn't. That was why I lost the race on the first few laps. It's a real shame because I would have liked to have put on a better show for the crowd.

Despite his disappointment at the result in the final race, Gibernau reflected positively on a season which saw him finish runner-up in the MotoGP World Championship for the second successive season.

"We have two things to reflect on today – one being the season and also the race. We had a really good first half of the season and from Brno onwards a few problems have prevented us from fighting for the championship. We have to be self-critical about the things we could have controlled and the things we couldn't in order to be in a stronger position next season."

Gibernau's Telefonica Movistar Honda team-mate Colin Edwards also suffered from tyre trouble, struggling to find grip as he ended his last race with Honda back in eighth place. "I made a good start, but we didn't choose the right tyre and there was no traction," said Edwards.

"The bike was sliding from the start and it was impossible to make up positions. It's a real pity because I wanted to dedicate a good result to the team in my last race."

Team manager Fausto Gresini admitted it had been a disappointing weekend but a satisfactory year for his riders. "It was a strange race and we haven't got the results we were hoping for," said Gresini.

"But overall it's been a positive season for us – I want to congratulate my two riders, starting with Sete, who had some brilliant races and finished as the runner-up, and also Colin who did a good job for us. I wish him all the best for the future. Our objective is to continue to improve day by day."

Tags:
MotoGP, 2004, GRAN PREMIO MARLBORO DE LA COMUNITAT VALENCIANA

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