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Gibernau grateful for support after surgery

Gibernau grateful for support after surgery

Gibernau grateful for support after surgery

Sete Gibernau granted an interview by telephone, unable to attend this week's Grand Prix in Valencia because of a recurrence of his persistent shoulder injury two weeks ago in Estoril. Aside from answering a few of the questions surrounding his MotoGP future, the Spaniard wanted to send a message thanking fans for their support during a tough period.

How has the recovery process been progressing?

I am confident that everything is going well, but I think that we will know more over the next fortnight. It will be three weeks before current techniques will allow us to understand the result fully.

You must be very sad not to be in Valencia, it's a special circuit for you…

I am absolutely gutted about it. This year I've had to miss a number of races for the first time in my life and, more than this missing a Spanish race hits me even harder as I always want to ride in my home Grands Prix. Valencia is a special race for me, because it is the scene of my first victory. This means that it will always have a special place in my heart.

Your items were attracted some of the highest bids at yesterday's Day Of Champions auction. It must be an honour to still have such popularity.

It cheers me up a lot, because the support of fans in difficult moments is much appreciated, and I'm really receiving a lot of support. Acts like these make my recovery that little bit easier.

What message do you want to give to the fans who support you and will miss out on seeing you in Valencia?

I want to tell them that I'm very sorry not to be in Valencia, because I'm the one who wanted to be there more than anyone. I hope that it will only be a brief absence and that I can return as soon as possible to show how much I appreciate them.


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