Away from the attention being focused on those at the front during pre-season testing for the 2009 edition of MotoGP, returnee Sete Gibernau was continuing to garner some nostalgic glances towards the back end of the timesheets.
Marking his official return to the top flight for the first time since he retired at the end of the 2006 season, Gibernau spent most of the three days hovering around the top ten as he worked on getting acclimatised to the Ducati Desmosedici GP9.
Even so, the Spaniard was frustrated to end up in an eventual 12th position out of the 17 riders, admitting the test, while positive, had gone from 'better to worse'.
“I don't think today was the best day for us,” he admitted. “Even though we have done quite a lot of work on the electronics we haven't been able to get too many answers because we had a few problems in the afternoon that prevented us from completing as many laps as we would have liked. In general it has been a positive three days but things went from better to worse.
A new team for the coming season, Gibernau looks set to race under the Guinea Ecuatorial Team banner in 2009.
Still, having mixed it with their satellite Ducati counterparts Pramac Racing throughout the test, Gibernau is confident there is plenty to come from such a young project.
“We did a great job on the first day but the job seemed to get more and more complicated. It is all part of the process for a new team but the potential is there and what we need to do now to is keep working hard, there is a long way to go, especially for me. I'm sure that together we can make up for our shortfalls and continue to progress.”