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Gibernau and Pedrosa confident about a Le Mans comeback

Gibernau and Pedrosa confident about a Le Mans comeback

Gibernau and Pedrosa confident about a Le Mans comeback

Sete Gibernau will be aiming to snatch his third consecutive French GP win this weekend at Le Mans; while making amends for his turbulent and frustrating start to the 2005 season.

Last year in France Gibernau went from pole position to his second consecutive victory there in MotoGP ahead of Carlos Checa and Max Biaggi. He has had a disastrous start to the 2005 season and will be striving to capitalise on his run of good fortune on French soil to cut the considerable points gap that archrival Valentino Rossi holds over him, a gap of 37 points.

"We've not had much luck during the start of the championship but I am still absolutely convinced of our potential and I know the results will arrive," insisted Gibernau.

"I hope that it's this weekend in France, at a circuit where we enjoyed a great race last year. We can't let any more opportunities escape us and we have to stay motivated because the championship is long and I'm sure we'll be back at the top soon."

This season has also seen an erratic start for follow Honda rider and 250cc World Champion Dani Pedrosa. However, as with Gibernau, Pedrosa has had a string of victories in France and fully intends to make Le Mans the turning point in the season that puts him back on the road to victory.

The double World Champion has taken three consecutive podiums at the French circuit, including two successive wins. Last year's was one of his most dominant ever, with a 7.8 second advantage over Frenchman Randy De Puniet and 20 seconds clear of Toni Eías. Pedrosa is determined that at Le Mans he will be back on top.

"I've always had good results at Le Mans and I think it's the circuit to get us back where we belong," said the determined Spaniard.

"It's not a case of whether or not I like it, but for preparing well for the race and we've always been well prepared for France. We have information from last season that will be a good base for us to start from.

"As far as the set-up is concerned, the most important thing is to get the gear settings right because it is a track with a lot of hard accelerating, stiff braking and fast corners. I want to enjoy myself by riding fast again and I hope the weather is stable enough to allow us to work well all weekend."

MotoGP, 2005, GRAND PRIX ALICE DE FRANCE, Dani Pedrosa

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