The Ducati Marlboro Team has reached agreement with Sete Gibernau to
contest the 2006 MotoGP World Championship. The Spanish rider will join
Loris Capirossi, who renewed his contract with the squad before
September's Japanese GP.
"I'm delighted to welcome Sete," said Federico Minoli, president of
Ducati Motor Holding. "We think Sete is one of the strongest guys in
MotoGP. He's a talented, gritty and courageous rider. Sete has had a
difficult season this year but he has shown throughout that he never
gives up, in the best Ducati spirit. For this reason we're very proud to
have him in our 2006 line-up alongside Loris. They are both very strong
riders and we'll do everything we can to give them what they need to
obtain the best possible results."
Gibernau replaces Carlos Checa, who completed his time with the Ducati
Marlboro Team in today's Valencia GP.
"It's always difficult to welcome someone while saying goodbye to
someone else," continued Minoli. "I want to sincerely thank Carlos for
the commitment and professionalism he's shown us. For sure he's a great
rider and also a nice guy; working with him has been a great pleasure."
Gibernau is optimistic about his future, trusting in the
Ducati/Bridgestone partnership that has already given great joy to
Ducati fans with some amazing results, including Capirossi's fantastic
victories at the recent Japanese and Malaysian GPs.
"After achieving some great results and much satisfaction during the
last few years, and after a season at the highest level but with some
difficulties, I decided to make a change in my career," said Gibernau.
"First of all I want to thank the people who helped me achieve so many
good results. But now it's time to find some new motivation. The
professionalism and enthusiasm I've found at Ducati are what made me
decide to join forces with the factory. I face this new challenge with
real determination, convinced that together we can achieve great
success. In recent years Ducati has shown that it has big ambitions and
huge potential. I trust that, with my experience, I can make a real
contribution to turn our shared dreams into reality."