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Just curious if anyone has heard the poop on where Sete is going next season. I wouldn't think his stock is that high, right now.
 

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At this stage, it's basically Ilmor or bust for him.

HRC - done
Yamaha - done
Greshini (sp?) (was Fortuna but no more) - done
Ducati - done
Kawasaki - done
Suzuki - done
Tech 3 - done
LCR - Maybe 2 in '07, so Checa and ?
D'Antin - Barros and ?
Konica Minolta - Maybe 2 in '07, so Nakano and ?
Team KR - done
Ilmor - open

So, that leaves him with LCR, D'Antin, Konica Minolta and Ilmor.
 

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Jester set to announce retirement

According to MotoGPnews.com it looks like Gibbers may call it quits and retire.
http://www.motogpnews.com/home.php?pageid=731

MotoGP's stand-up/lay-down comedian Sete Gibernau is set to announce he's hanging up his haircut and retiring from MotoGP.

The meat-hungry Jester has informed sources that if he can't ride for Ducati he won't ride at all - and with Gibernau's Ducati seat and hairdryer being replaced for 2007 the Spaniard has no more options.

The decision to retire looks set to come two weeks early after Casey Stoner, who ironically will replace Sete at Ducati, had his bog-standard lowside at Estoril bringing down the luckless Spaniard and ruling him out of riding in Valencia with the subsequent injuries.

"Sete gelled well at Ducati" claimed one insider "He also was pretty handy with the hairspray too. But we made a decision that we can't have someone so monstrously unlucky in our team."

Ever since catching the 'Qatar Curse' Sete's luck has been getting thinner than Biaggi's hair, however this season has proven a step in the gravel too far - here's some highlights:-

Jerez:
The opening race of the season and Sete suffered a very rare mechanical failure when a win looked very probably. He then had to sit on the sidelines and watch his team-mate take the victory. Nice.

Cataluyna
A horrific pile up heading into the first corner saw Jester, Melandri and Capirossi taken to hospital. Sete was denied an air-ambulance after fears that his wig could become entangled in the blades of the chopper so was sent to hospital in a normal ambulance. Amazingly that ambulance then crashed en-route.

Post Cataluyna
Having missed several races due to his injuries Gibbers returned to action riding in the German and American races. However after complaining about pain in his collarbone he was taken back into hospital for surgeons to discover they'd used the wrong kind of plate to fix his collarbone. Sete was forced to go back under the knife and miss the next race at Brno.

Estoril
After several improving rides, despite his injuries, Jester headed to Portugal looking stronger than ever. But his race was cut short by Casey Stoner after the crash-happy Aussie binned it as usual and took down Sete with him. Casey was fine but our favourite Spaniard suffered a re-break of his collarbone and a fractured in his hand ruling him out for the final round.

The end
Due to his hideous luck, Jester has been kicked out of Ducati which paradoxically is alarmingly bad luck.

However Gibbers can take some mild consolation from his 2006 season knowing that he's now entered the Forbes list of unlucky people joining such stars as the woman who had her winning lottery ticket eaten by a pregnant crow and the man who on two separate occasions had to sit next to Carl Fogarty on a long haul flight.
 

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gm2 said:
not like being a rich, retired racer is such a bad life...
Having a supermodel girlfriend sure doesn't hurt so much either does it. Guess they can snuggle up in front of the fire place this winter.
 

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GregorMac said:
Just curious if anyone has heard the poop on where Sete is going next season. I wouldn't think his stock is that high, right now.
If it's anything like the last two years in GP, he'll be spending most of his time in the run-out. [laugh]

Actually, I have alot of respect for Sete, I just wish he had a move to the hoop.....
 

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I am not sure if crash.net is on the Derby approved respectable news source list ;) but here is another Sete is retiring article.

http://www.crash.net/news_view.asp?cid=6&id=139941


Former Ducati Marlboro rider and nine-times MotoGP race winner, Sete Gibernau, has called a press conference for Wednesday morning - when it is rumoured that he will announce his retirement.

The 33-year-old, Valentino Rossi's closest title rival during 2003 and 2004, has lost his factory Ducati ride to rising star Casey Stoner for 2007 and, with the only known seats left being at the new Ilmor team, Sete is expected to announce at least a 'year off' from grand prix racing.

Gibernau, the grandson of Don Paco Bulto - founder of Spain's Bultaco motorcycle firm - was Spanish Junior Champion in 1991 and made his full time 250GP debut in 1996 after being signed by former triple world champion Wayne Rainey, with whom Sete graduated to the premier 500cc class, on Yamaha machinery, the following season.

A switch to a V-Twin Repsol Honda for 1998 produced a debut podium and Gibernau was then handed **** Doohan's V4 after the Australian's career-ending accident early in 1999. Gibernau took the five-times world champion's bike to four podiums and fifth in the championship, but struggled during 2000 and switched to Suzuki for 2001 - resulting in an emotional debut victory at Valencia.

 
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