It has been announced today that Spanish superstar Sete Gibernau his re-signed with title sponsor Telef?nica MoviStar for a further two years, meaning Gibernau will continue contesting the MotoGP World Championship with the Telef?nica MoviStar Honda outfit.

Sete, who currently lies second in the World Championship with four victories, began his career in 1996 and stepped up to the premier 500cc class in 1997.

In 2001, Gibernau picked up his first Grand Prix victory riding a Telef?nica liveried Suzuki, he then moved with Telefonica to Fausto Gresini's team for the 2003 season and has been reigning champion Valentino Rossi's only real challenger.

"At this point of the season there is always a lot of speculation about the movement of riders and factories. In order to quash any rumours and to leave myself free to concentrate on the remaining races of the current season, I was keen to confirm my future with Telef?nica MoviStar and Honda," explained Sete.

"I think I am with the best sponsor and the best factory and with them I will be in a position to fight for the World Championship title for the next two seasons," he added. "I am very satisfied and once again I would like to thank them for their support and for giving me the opportunity to fight for the top positions this season. I would also like to thank Fausto Gresini, the team owner, for the passion and belief he has always given to this project."

Gresini is naturally pleased to keep his star rider, who has performed above all expectations after the tragic loss of team leader Daijiro Kato in the opening round of the 2003 championship.

"I am very happy with the agreement between Sete and Telef?nica MoviStar," commented Gresini. "We are having a great season together this year and I am sure that, working as we have done up to now, we will continue fighting to win races. The whole team is happy to have Sete with us and, as always, we will do everything we can to help him go from strength to strength."

Jos? Antonio Lombard?a, marketing director for Telef?nica, made clear his reasons for re-signing Gibernau.

"Sete is doing fantastically well. His form has been above our expectations and I think he has done more than enough to earn our continued confidence," he said. "Telef?nica MoviStar have a firm belief in this sponsorship, which started three years ago and is bearing great fruit, and I am sure it will continue to grow with even more satisfaction."

Gibernau is currently joined by Ryuichi Kiyonri in Fausto Gresini's team, but the Japanese rookie's future remains unknown and his ride could be taken by either Makoto Tamada or Tohru Ukawa - or even a 'new' signing from outside Honda's current line-up.

 

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