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Gibernau: My only mistake was leading from the start

Gibernau: My only mistake was leading from the start

Gibernau: My only mistake was leading from the start

The Grande Premio de Portugal ended in disappointment for Team Movistar Honda rider Sete Gibernau when he crashed out on the 16th lap, ending his chances of taking victory at Estoril and dealing him another blow after Valentino Rossi snatched victory from him last weekend at Jerez.

Gibernau was more that one second ahead of eventual winner Alex Barros and 11 seconds clear of archrival Rossi when he crashed at the end of a straight on the rain-dampened Estoril track.

Speaking after his race disappointment, Gibernau said, The only mistake I made was to lead from the start. It was a very tough race and it was important to judge the marshals flags properly because that was the only reference I had of how much water was on the track.

Wherever there was a flag I slowed down and where there wasnt one I sped up. I didnt go mad, I was in control of the race and I was even slower at the end of the straight than usual, but it wasnt enough.

The weekend was a lot tougher for me than people might expect, but once again we worked perfectly. I tried to get away and avoid contact with any other riders but the crash was unavoidable. In the end weve paid for it because the other riders saw the crash and dropped their pace by three seconds.

On another day it will be somebody else but in these situations the person at the front is at a disadvantage. Now I just want to get home to Switzerland, continue my recuperation with my physical trainer and get a good rest before China.

Todays crash meant that Gibernau was unable to increase his points in the MotoGP World Championship. However, although Gibernau was off the track, archrival Rossi didnt managed to win today, but he did manage second behind Brazilian Alex Barros to increase his points to 45 giving him a 25-point advantage over Gibernau.


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