Sete Gibernau, who has handled himself admirably in the aftermath of his team-mates tragic accident at Suzuka, has ruled out using Daijiro Kato's full factory RC211V - and won't even ask for it.

While it may appear that each Honda is of the same spec, the bikes of the four official HRC riders - Valentino Rossi, Nicky Hayden, Tohru Ukawa and Daijiro Kato - have all the latest development parts.

As such, the machines of Gibernau, Max Biaggi and Makoto Tamada are effectively modified 2002 machines - still race winners - but not the very best that Honda has to offer.

With Kato, tragically, unlikely to race a motorcycle again, Gibernau has moved to counter speculation that he will inherit his machine for the next round in Africa on April 27.

"Out of respect for Daijiro, I am not going to ask for his motorcycle, nor do I want it," Sete told Spanish Sportspaper AS. "I have too much respect for him and I don't expect Honda to present the bike to me. I know that life continues, but my respect and affection for Daijiro means I'm not even thinking about it."

Gibernau also revealed that he's working hard to reduce the chances of an accident like Kato's happening again.

"I'm not yet sure what is the best solution," said the former GP winner. "I have spoken with Dorna (MotoGP organisers), IRTA (teams' association) and with Rossi and Loris (Capirossi). I am putting my ideas together and in South Africa we are going to meet to see what can be done."

It is still unclear what caused Kato to veer into a wall at 200kph, just before the Suzuka chicane, on lap 3 of Sunday's race.


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