MotoGP race winner Gibernau won't stay in MotoE after 2019 season

MotoGP race winner Sete Gibernau will not remain part of the MotoE grid after the 2019 season, the rider has told Autosport

MotoGP race winner Gibernau won't stay in MotoE after 2019 season

The 46-year-old came out of retirement to contest the electric series' inaugural season with Pons, and currently sits 10th in the standings after four of six rounds.

Gibernau said he has been "completely 100% satisfied" with his MotoE season, but when asked whether he would stay in 2020 said "no", and that he would "go back home" to spend time with his child.

"I'm enjoying it," Gibernau said.

"The results, for me, I don't care - I can be first or last, it's another situation for me.

"I'm just enjoying [racing], and I'm happy to be here."

Gibernau, who spent a decade on the sidelines follow his retirement from MotoGP in 2009 before joining MotoE, said he was not expecting to be as capable as he has been.

He has scored points at three of the four rounds so far and has a best finish of sixth.

"I'm still not ready [to race like before]," he said.

"I don't train, I come directly to the race just to have fun.

"I'm surprised that I'm quite competitive - I thought maybe I was not going to be so competitive, but it's good to be competitive and every time I learn a little bit more."

Another ex-MotoGP rider, Randy de Puniet, could also drop off the MotoE grid, having endured a chastening season with LCR.

De Puniet, who was a MotoGP podium finisher for Kawasaki and LCR's satellite Honda squad, sits 17th in the MotoE standings.

"Before the crash [in testing at Valencia] in the beginning of the season I was confident and fast, after that was less confident, and now for me it's impossible to find a way to ride this bike," de Puniet said.

"I have no corner speed and you need to ride this bike like Moto2, Moto3. And I can't - I try but I don't know how, because I have no feeling to ride like this.

"I keep the MotoGP riding style where I brake late and I have no corner speed and pick up the bike, but with this bike it's not the way to ride."

De Puniet said any extension to his stay on the grid will depend on whether he can wrap his head around the Energica Ego Corse bike, as there "is no point for me and for the team" to remain uncompetitive.

Aprilia MotoGP tester Bradley Smith, who sits third in the standings, said he is "keen to continue" in the electric series next year - although he would be unable to do so should he be picked by KTM as a MotoGP replacement for Johann Zarco.

shares
comments
Why Aragon MotoGP surge masked Aprilia's "reality"
Previous article

Why Aragon MotoGP surge masked Aprilia's "reality"

Next article

Zarco can race or test for MotoGP rival while under KTM contract

Zarco can race or test for MotoGP rival while under KTM contract
The signs Quartararo’s 2022 MotoGP title is slipping away from him Plus

The signs Quartararo’s 2022 MotoGP title is slipping away from him

Prior to the summer break, the 2022 MotoGP title looked like it was Fabio Quartararo’s to lose. But a crash at Assen and the consequential penalty he had to serve last weekend at Silverstone stopped him from capitalising on a main rival’s injury woes, while a resurgence from another, plus the rise of a former team-mate, look set to conspire against the Yamaha rider

MotoGP
Aug 8, 2022
Why Marquez’s toughest MotoGP foe is stopping at the right time Plus

Why Marquez’s toughest MotoGP foe is stopping at the right time

On the eve of the British Grand Prix, Andrea Dovizioso announced that he will be retiring from MotoGP after September’s San Marino GP. The timing of his departure raised eyebrows, but his reasoning remains sensible and what has happened this year should not diminish a hard-built legacy

MotoGP
Aug 6, 2022
Why a Suzuki refugee feels he deserves MotoGP's toughest challenge Plus

Why a Suzuki refugee feels he deserves MotoGP's toughest challenge

Alex Rins’ MotoGP future was plunged into sudden doubt when Suzuki elected to quit the series at the end of 2022. Securing a deal with Honda to join LCR, he will now tread a path that many have fallen off from. But it was a move he felt his status deserved, and it’s a challenge – he tells Autosport - he faces with his eyes wide open…

MotoGP
Jul 27, 2022
How Formula 1 has driven MotoGP's changing nature Plus

How Formula 1 has driven MotoGP's changing nature

The hiring of technicians from Formula 1 has clearly contributed to a recent change in the MotoGP landscape, with the role of engineers gaining greater significance relative to the riders. Here's how this shift has come about

MotoGP
Jul 19, 2022
The revolution behind Aprilia's rise from MotoGP tail-ender to pack-leader Plus

The revolution behind Aprilia's rise from MotoGP tail-ender to pack-leader

Coinciding with the arrival of Massimo Rivola as head of its MotoGP division, Aprilia has undergone an internal revolution that has spurred it from occupying last place in the team standings to leading the table in the space of just two years. Those entrenched in the project reveal how the ex-Ferrari F1 chief has achieved the dramatic turnaround

MotoGP
Jul 15, 2022
The battle Yamaha's wayward son is fighting to be fast again in MotoGP Plus

The battle Yamaha's wayward son is fighting to be fast again in MotoGP

Franco Morbidelli was long overdue a promotion to factory machinery when it finally came late last year, having finished runner-up in the 2020 standings on an old Yamaha package. But since then the Italian has been a shadow of his former self as he toils to adapt to the 2022 M1, and recognises that he needs to change his style to be quick on it

MotoGP
Jul 13, 2022
Why Honda and Yamaha have been left behind in MotoGP's new era Plus

Why Honda and Yamaha have been left behind in MotoGP's new era

The once all-conquering Japanese manufacturers are going through a difficult period in MotoGP this season. With Suzuki quitting, Honda struggling to get near the podium and Yamaha only enjoying success courtesy of Fabio Quartararo, Japanese manufacturers have been left in the dust by their European counterparts. Key paddock figures explain why.

MotoGP
Jun 28, 2022
Who is Valentino Rossi’s newest MotoGP star? Plus

Who is Valentino Rossi’s newest MotoGP star?

Valentino Rossi’s protégés stole the show at Assen as Francesco Bagnaia stormed to victory to arrest a recent barren run. But it was the rider in second, on Bagnaia’s old bike, who had all eyes on him. Securing his and the VR46 team’s first MotoGP podium, Marco Bezzecchi has all the characteristics that made his mentor special

MotoGP
Jun 27, 2022