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Gibernau: "Today we've returned to where we should be"

Gibernau: 'Today we've returned to where we should be'

Gibernau: "Today we've returned to where we should be"

Sete Gibernau was back to his best at the French Grand Prix, adding a second place to his two previous successes in his last two visits to Le Mans with the MotoGP World Championship.

Despite the difficulties in finding a good race set-up this weekend, the Spaniard ran a great race. Gibernau suffered in the first laps as he started with a different configuration to the one he had used on his bike during practice.

Gibernau grew in strength as the race progressed and fought from seventh place to challenge Valentino Rossi for victory on the final lap. Gibernau pushed Rossi all the way to the line and clinched a valuable second place, which moves him up to third in the championship on 53 points.

"Today we've returned to where we should be, fighting to win races," said Gibernau. "I'm particularly satisfied because we've had a lot of problems in qualifying to find a good race pace and without the help of Michelin and the incredible job done by my team, this result was unthinkable."

"At the start it took me a while to get used to the bike and the tyres but I didn't lose my head or my confidence and gave it everything to arrive at the front. It was incredibly tough because I needed an opportunity to rest and allow the tyre to cool down but they didn't let me.

"When I saw Rossi pass Edwards I went with him. I had a clear idea of whereabouts I was going to pass him but I made a mistake on the corner before and it was impossible. In any case this is a very important result."

Tags:
MotoGP, 2005, GRAND PRIX ALICE DE FRANCE

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