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Former MotoGP frontrunner Sete Gibernau to make comeback in MotoE

MotoGP race winner and sometime title contender Sete Gibernau will come out of retirement in 2019 to race in the new MotoE series

Gibernau, 45, is latest rider to sign up to participate in the new five-round all-electric MotoGP support series and will race for the Pons team.

The Spaniard last competed in grand prix racing in 2009 with the Onde 2000 team after a three-year hiatus, although he only took part in six races before the squad folded.

More recently he has worked as a rider coach for Dani Pedrosa, although their partnership came to an end this year around the time the Honda rider decided to retire.

"Of course, I never thought that I would participate in a motorcycle championship since I retired permanently, but life always keeps surprises for you, after 10 years retired and without competing, I am here," said Gibernau.

"I thank Sito [Pons, team owner] for the opportunity he has given me.

"[With Pons] having insisted so much to convince me and make this new challenge in my life a new illusion, I will work hard to live up to the call of someone like Sito.

"It makes me really excited to live and pilot this new generation of electric bikes and to do my bit to [enhance] its development."

Gibernau started one race for Pons in the 250cc category of grand prix racing in 1995, and went on to enjoy his greatest success in MotoGP with a rival Honda customer outfit, Gresini.

"We were clear that we had to have an experienced pilot and I do not see any better option than Sete Gibernau to join this project," said Pons.

"I was sure that he is prepared and will give his best, as he has always done in his sports career to fight for the top positions.

"His experience and ability is what makes him the reference in the category.I am very happy to have him and I want to start working together on this new challenge."

Gibernau is the fourth rider with MotoGP experience to sign up for MotoE, and will join Bradley Smith, Xavier Simeon and Randy de Puniet on the grid.

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