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Gibernau chasing the American dream

Gibernau chasing the American dream

Gibernau chasing the American dream

Sete Gibernau will go to Laguna Seca this weekend to face the Californian circuit for the first time ever. Going into the eighth round of the championship, the Spaniard will be hopeful of discovering some new magic in front of the American race fans, especially as anticipation has reached fever pitch due to the 10-year absence.

Although the Spaniard has never ridden at the America venue, he has been there as a spectator and has a certain affinity for the US scene. He spent a lot of time at Kenny Roberts' Ranch in Modesto, practicing and getting to know some of the greats of the American Riding School.

His relationship with the States continued: his passage to the premier class was made possible by Wayne Rainey, Los Angelino and former 500cc World Champion. Rainey offered Gibernau a Yamaha factory ride in the quarter litre class, before putting him on a 500cc machine in 1997.

"I have never ridden at Laguna Seca but I watched a race as a spectator in 1993," said Gibernau. "I was spending a couple of days on Kenny Roberts' ranch in Modesto and on that occasion I accompanied Kenny to Laguna, where he was racing as a wild card.

"I was very taken by the track – its famous "corkscrew" makes it unique and distinguishes it from all the others. I can't wait to race on this track, Laguna is considered one of the classics to race on and I still haven't! Considering its location and atmosphere, I am sure it will be a very special Grand Prix."


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