Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Sete Gibernau: What it’s like to ride a MotoGP bike… again!


Sete Gibernau, back in 2006, when he was riding for the Ducati MotoGP team...

Sete Gibernau, along with regular Ducati test rider Vittoriano Guareschi, recently completed a three-day testing session at Mugello. Gibernau completed twenty laps of the circuit on the Desmosedici GP9, recording a best time of 1:53.7 before the session was interrupted by rain.

‘It's like jumping back in time almost two years – as if the months that have gone by since the last time I was on track never even existed. Racing motorcycles was my whole life for so many years and now I've rediscovered that feeling. I feel really good, like I'm home again. The instinct for riding came back straight away, even though I obviously need to get back into the habit of going fast,’ said an elated Gibernau, who last raced in MotoGP in 2006.

‘I've realised how tiring it is to grab the brakes and move the bike around where I want it but I'm sure that's just the rust from not riding for so long. I managed twenty laps on the GP9 before it started to rain and the feeling was good. It is a Ducati in every way – precise but demanding, it requires a physical riding style and it instantly reminded me of the GP7 I tested at Motegi towards the end of 2006,’ said Gibernau, who won nine MotoGP races in his career, and finished runner-up to Rossi in 2003 and 2004.

‘As well as getting my confidence to ride back, today we did a little bit of work on the electronics, in particular the engine braking, because I prefer a different calibration to Vittoriano,’ said Gibernau. ‘I want to say a huge thank you to Ducati for this wonderful gift. For now I'm just going to enjoy the next two days of testing, hope it doesn't rain, and then we'll decide together whether there'll be another opportunity to ride their bike.’

Hmm… we hope Sete does get another shot at riding Ducati’s MotoGP bikes. And if not, well, we’re sure he has enough money to be able to buy a Desmosedici RR



230bhp bikes, 115bhp women - no wonder Gibernau misses his MotoGP days...

Also see:
2008 MotoGP race reports and hi-res wallpaper...
Kevin Schwantz interviews Valentino Rossi...
The one MotoGP-replica that we think is cooler than a Desmosedici RR...
Stephanie McLean: Remembering Barry Sheene...
Riding fast: Ron Haslam's masterclass...

External links:
Go-faster tips from Kevin Schwantz!

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