Back when GPs were really good: Part 2

2003: Rossi vs. Gibernau at Brno

Posted: 1 January 2013
by Ben Cope

Rossi versus Gibernau at Brno in 2003. Most of the time Rossi and Gibernau came together, it was a classic in the making but while Rossi on the factory Honda hunting down Gibernau on the satellite Honda is well worth watching, the threat of a looming Bayliss on the Ducati makes this one even better.

Gibernau, fresh from a win in Germany at the previous round - having beaten Rossi to the line by 0.060 seconds - was full of fight. Despite not winning, this has to go down at one of Gibernau's best rides of the 2003 season.

Just watch Gibernau light it up out of the last corner. Much respect, Sete.

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I totally agree. He's the forgotten bridesmaid of the 990cc era. My MotoGP watching pals are always surprised when I remind them that Sete was the second most successful rider of that era behind Rossi.

It's a great race this one, one of the best of that year. And, even though he finishes second just behind Vale, it's one of Sete's best ever rides.

Posted: 02/01/2013 at 13:52

But I thought it was a factory Honda that he inherited from Kato? A very talented and underrated rider.

Posted: 02/01/2013 at 14:45

I'm fairly sure this was a works bike. If it wasn't, it was pretty fucking close to it. I do have to say Sete was a class act. Was a bit sad to see him running round at the back and crashing on that customer Duke a few years ago.

Good rider imo.

Posted: 02/01/2013 at 17:43

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