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Gibernau pulls out of Qatar test.

Sete Gibernau and the Guinea Ecuatorial Team will miss next weekend's Qatar test after the Spaniard suffered 'a slight ligament tear in his left shoulder' during training yesterday (Thursday).

The double MotoGP World Championship runner-up's shoulder is still recovering from surgery to remove previous metalwork and, according to his team, the 'accumulation of physical exertion at the recent MotoGP tests in Malaysia and his demanding training programme' caused the ligament tear.

Doctor Ginebreda Marti of the Institut Universitari Dexeus in Barcelona diagnosed the injury and recommended "rest, in particular from physical exertion in order to avoid further injury."

Keen to avoid any major complications before his return to premier-class racing in a little over a month's time, Gibernau and the team agreed to cancel their participation in the upcoming test (March 1-3) so Sete can focus on a full and swift recovery.

The 36-year-old, returning to MotoGP after two seasons in retirement, had been twelfth fastest at Sepang, which was the first test of 2009.

Having now opted to miss Qatar, Gibernau will have just one more test session - at Jerez from March 28-29 - before the season-opening Qatar night race on April 12.

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Shami - Unregistered

February 20, 2009 4:56 PM

Hey 12th fastest with Rossi, Stoner & the boys on his 1st test is pretty good !!! better than what Melandri or Hopper would do on a Duke. Sete's still got it !! Give the man some credit

Luk - Unregistered

February 20, 2009 7:55 PM

you're all wrong,,i'm a rossi fan too but i don't dare to say this thing,,he is a very talented rider,,without him rossi would have been the same stoner in 03,04.he is the runner-up and one of the succesfully rider withou a crown,,anyway he deserve your respect,,in his place you wouldn't ride alongside rossi with the mental pressure-you would **** your pants,muppets.

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