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Gibernau set for collarbone plate removal

Gibernau set for collarbone plate removal

Returning Spaniard set to undergo operation on Monday.

Sete Gibernau will undergo an operation to remove a metal plate from his collarbone, following on from his final MotoGP test of 2008. The returning Spaniard has carried the implant since 2006, after a troubled time with collarbone fractures during his career.

`On Monday, December 1st I´m going to have the plate in my collarbone taken out,´ confirms the Onde 2000 rider. `The doctors believe that it is better to have it out before I begin racing again. From then I´ll start working again. The day after I will start training once more.´

Gibernau had an existing plate replaced with a stronger titanium version after his Catalunya horror crash in his most recent season in the World Championship, and underwent a series of operations between then and the end of the year. A hard fall in Portugal in the 2006 season saw further damage to his collarbone, and appeared to have brought his MotoGP career to a premature conclusion until he announced his return earlier this month.

When Gibernau returns to training he will have plenty of work ahead of him. The Spaniard tried out the latest version of the Ducati Desmosedici GP9 this week in Jerez, and continues to make no bones about the fact that his comeback will be a tough one.

`I´ve had confirmation of just how difficult riding a MotoGP bike is, with all the things that before came naturally to me having to be worked hard at. It´s very demanding, and once again I´ll say that I have a lot of respect for all the riders and it´s going to be a difficult year. But I knew this from the beginning, and it´s motivation,´ says the former World Championship runner-up.

MotoGP, 2008

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