Sete Gibernau finished a two-days testing session he was taking part in at Mugello together with the Official Testers Vittoriano Guareschi and Niccolo Canepa that will continue tomorrow for the final day.
The Spanish rider, back in action for the third
time after retiring almost two years ago, kept up an excellent pace, lapping consistently in around 1m50.5 with race tyre.
Despite the difficult climatic conditions, with scorching air and track temperatures, Gibernau clocked an impressive fastest lap time in 1'48.9 with qualifying tyres. A crash around the end of the day, luckily without consequences, has nevertheless suggested to end the test early given the good job already made during two days.
“It has been great trying again a qualifying tyres after almost two years”, said a smiling Gibernau, “But the most important thing is that the feeling with the bike in race trim was perfect almost straight away. Despite the crash it has been a very positive test. I wish to thank again Ducati for the chance of riding again the MotoGP. We will see together whether and how there will be the chance to continue our cooperation. Today I have experience again the ‘thrill' of a crash and… I'm fine. I have decided together with Filippo not to ride tomorrow just because we are satisfied already with the good job we did in two days.”
“A special thanks again to Sete who was as usual very helpful”, echoed Filippo Preziosi. “I have been impressed with him getting on pace straight away and lapping on very interesting times both with race and qualifying tyres. We are evaluate together the chance to cooperate again and I hope we will be able to find an option interesting for everybody.”
The testing session will end tomorrow with Vittoriano Guareschi and Niccolo Canepa, who has been very quick and consistent also.
Today he didn't try qualifying tyres but concentrated on the bike in race attire with which he lapped several times under 1'51 with a personal best lap time of 1'50.2. Tomorrow he has a race simulation on schedule.