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Nieto: `Gibernau knows what needs to be done´

Nieto: `Gibernau knows what needs to be done´

MotoGP Legend speaks about returning Ducati rider after one-off car race appearance.

MotoGP Legend Angel Nieto will be a keen observer of the progress made by Sete Gibernau in the latter´s World Championship return, as part of the Onde 2000 team run by his sons Gelete and Pablo. The paddock veteran is talking up the work done in preparation for Gibernau´s comeback season, not least by the rider himself.

`I saw Sete this weekend, and he is very excited. Gelete and Pablo are working extremely hard in the team, and Francisco Hernando (the backer of the project) is happy; now we just have to turn the effort into results,´ says Nieto.

Gibernau will be back onboard the Ducati Desmosedici on Wednesday and Thursday of this week at the MotoGP Official Test in Jerez –the chance to undertake further laps cited as crucial for his 2009 campaign by the former `12+1´ lower cylinder category World Champion.

`The most important thing now for Sete is that he rides as many laps as possible. He has a lot of experience and a strong will to ride,´ Nieto continues.

`However, I don´t think that he needs telling what needs to be done; he´s been here for a long time, all the way back to 500cc, so he knows perfectly well what the demands are.´

Nieto himself was back in action at the Montmelo track in Barcelona this past weekend, participating in a 24 Hour car race. The rider-turned-commentator was unable to complete the race after his team´s Seat Leon was involved in a crash, putting the mechanics to work for three hours. On the experience, Nieto said that `I haven´t done road racing in over 20 years, but I had a great time!´

MotoGP, 2008

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