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GP Week : Issue 38
>>MOTOGPCHAT Just like old times: Gibernau has ridden Ducatis before, pictured here at Phillip Island in 2006. that’s it. Now you have to go through several details with specialist guys. All this takes more time. It’s more of a video game than before. But at the end of the day it still has two wheels. It’s a motorcycle. You just have to understand how it needs to be ridden. Financial problems mean cuts to practice time and in other areas this coming year. Do you think it will spoil the racing? I wouldn’t think so. It’s still racing, and we all have to do whatever we have to do to adapt. How about your relationship with Ducati? You split up under a cloud at the end of 2006. How is it now? Is it rebuilt? It was never broken. We all go through different stages, and it went through a different stage. Now I am very proud and happy how Ducati is treating me. They are calling me constantly before and during the tests, and now I go to Bologna to understand what is okay and to prepare for tests in Jerez. The relationship on that is great. I feel I have 100 percent support. So I’m happy. What are your aims for the season? I’m happy to be back, and whatever that means, I’ll be happy to take it how it comes. It’s been nice to go away from racing and to be in a more regular life. To understand things and to look back, at things I did good and maybe not that good. And come back to be happy again. Whatever happens now I just want to take it how it is, and I’m thankful to life because it’s always treated me great. And that’s it. 21 John Morris/Mpix