"I’m looking forward to getting back on the bike again," "I can’t promise that I’ll be at full fitness, but I’m very motivated to get out there for the first practice.""Unless I’m mistaken, I think that I was the first rider ever to win any kind of race at the track, way back many years ago. I’ve also had some great battles here, whether I got on the podium or not. Fighting with Crivillé, Barros, Rossi… there’s some great memories that I have of the circuit."Gibernau’s last appearance at the Circuit de Catalunya came in 2006, when an opening lap collision between himself and then-teammate Loris Capirossi caused a multiple-rider crash on the first corner of the track. The injury contributed to his first retirement from competitive racing, but a chance discussion with Ducati bosses at last year’s event led to his making a comeback after two seasons away from the scene.