Sete Gibernau

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About Sete Gibernau Manuel Sete Gibernau Bultó (born December 15, 1972 in Barcelona) is a former Spanish MotoGP rider, currently residing in Switzerland. After retiring from racing in 2006, he returned to MotoGP in the 2009 season. However, on July 12 2009, his Grupo Francisco Hernando Team announced that they would be withdrawing from MotoGP with immediate effect.Valentino Rossi has mentioned Stoner, followed by Gibernau as his hardest rivals ever. Gibernau was known for his wet-weather abilities and was occasionally referred to as rainmaster. However despite his flair, he was all too often let down by an apparently temperamental nature. In-race setbacks could disproportionately affect his competitiveness, both negatively and positively. His career started slowly until he found his motivation and his intermittent flair became consistent. Then he was the principal challenger for Rossi's crown until 2005. 2006 brought a series of emotional, technical, and injury set-backs, apparently sapping his motivation. It culminated in a major mid-season no-fault racing incident which effectively eliminated him from the championship. The Ducati Marlboro team replaced him with Casey Stoner for 2007. He turned down offers from Kawasaki, Sito Pons and Ilmor team and decided to retire from all forms of motorcycle racing. In 2008 he announced his return to MotoGP for the 2009 season. He is arguably one of the best riders in MotoGP never to have won the title.

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