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Gibernau reveals offers but plays down Melandri substitution

Gibernau reveals offers but plays down Melandri substitution

After two tests for Ducati in Mugello, Sete Gibernau claims to have received further riding offers from different teams, and that he is not out to take Marco Melandri´s spot in the factory outfit.

From catching up with old friends in Catalunya to two tests in Mugello, the past month has seen a surprise turnaround in the story of Sete Gibernau. The Spaniard´s return to riding with Ducati has created fervent speculation as to a possible racing comeback for the former World Championship runner-up, and Gibernau has revealed that some interesting offers have been put to him.

`There are various possibilities on the table for me from different teams,´ says the 35 year-old. `However, like I have said before, I live on a day-by-day basis. Competing regularly again would be a big effort and sacrifice, and I can´t forget about that just because of the excitement of riding again.

`Anything can happen but, for the moment, nobody has presented me with everything that I need in order to return.´

The specifics of the offers have not been confirmed, but Gibernau was keen to stress that he was not waiting for a reshuffle to replace Marco Melandri in the Ducati Marlboro setup.

`I´m nobody´s substitute,´ stated Gibernau when quizzed on the speculation abounding in the media, although he did not categorically rule out a ride for the factory team should it be presented to him.

`If there is a seat available, then one would have to think it over, but the delicate situation in which Marco finds himself demands that we treat the subject with a high level of respect.´

Competitive lap times with both the Desmosedici GP8 and GP9 in Mugello have added further momentum to the Spaniard´s possibilities of a full time comeback, but he is well aware of the ring rust presented by nearly two seasons away from competition and the demands of a highly competitive series. With the buzz of 800cc action as motivation for a return, Gibernau was also modest about any objectives that he would have should the opportunity arise to line up on the MotoGP grid once more.

`Obviously the idea is attractive, but you have to give credit to the riders that are racing at the moment. I don´t know if I would be at that level, and I have to be aware of this. Perhaps, were I to ride again, my goals would not necessarily include winning races.´

MotoGP, 2008, Ducati Marlboro Team

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