Sete Gibernau's fourth place in yesterday's Australian Grand Prix, combined with Max Biaggi finishing just 17th, means that the Spaniard has secured his best ever championship finish of second, with one round still to go.

"It was important to finish the race and seal the runner-up spot in the championship. Mission accomplished, I am very happy and congratulations to Sete," smiled team boss Fausto Gresini.

The Catalan looked likely to seal the runner-up spot behind crowned champion Valentino Rossi with a podium finish, but was beaten to third by fellow factory Honda rider Nicky Hayden on the very final lap.

Sete would later claim he's been thinking about the points rather than a podium, but few who saw his face after stepping from his Telefonica Movistar liveried machine believed that...

"All season I have taken each race as it comes, but here I was thinking about second spot in the championship," he said. "I made a good start but had a problem changing down through the gears and decided to race for the championship. Obviously I would have liked to be on the podium but I am very satisfied.

"Now I am looking forward to the last race at home I will be relaxed in Valencia, ready to fight for the podium and hopefully to put on a good show for the crowd," Gibernau concluded.



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