After two consecutive flag-to-flag races for the first time ever in MotoGP, blazing sunshine was a welcome relief for the FIM World Championship paddock as they gathered at Montmeló on Thursday for the Gran Premi Cinzano de Catalunya build-up.
Basking in both the sun and the glory of his favourite football team’s recent success, Jorge Lorenzo provided the first media event of the day with the unveiling of a special livery and helmet. The only Spaniard in MotoGP not to hail from the Barcelona area, Lorenzo is nonetheless a big fan of the city’s football club, and showed off the F.C.
Sete Gibernau will return to motorcycle racing action at the MotoGP in Catalunya next weekend, even though he will be at less than 100% fitness.
Podium finisher at the Montmeló track for three consecutive years between 2003 and 2005, Gibernau’s participation in the sixth round of the 2009 MotoGP World Championship looked to be in doubt after he fractured his collarbone at the Grand Prix de France last month.
After his latest injury setback Sete Gibernau misses the visit to Italy for round five but he hopes to be fit for his home race at the Gran Premi Cinzano de Catalunya on 14th June.
Following his crash last Saturday at Le Mans and his subsequent surgery to fix a broken collarbone on Monday in Barcelona veteran rider Sete Gibernau has insisted he will fight to be fit for MotoGP’s visit to his home track in Catalunya in mid June.
Grupo Francisco Hernando rider Sete Gibernau has returned to MotoGP this year precisely because of weekends such as the one he has just experienced at the Gran Premio bwin.com de España and the veteran competitor is looking forward to more great racing this year.
The World Championship’s visit to Andalusia for the early season ‘fiesta’ is always a special occasion and Gibernau was proud to be a part of it as he participated in his first European race since 2006.