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Hayden content with Ducati debut.

Nicky Hayden found himself closing rapidly on former Repsol Honda team-mate Dani Pedrosa in the closing stages of Monday night's Qatar Grand Prix.

Both riders, who experienced a 'frosty' relationship at Honda, were carrying significant injuries - Pedrosa from recent knee and foreman surgery and Hayden from a huge qualifying highside - and the battle in question was only for eleventh position.

Nevertheless, Hayden admitted it would have been nice to beat the Spaniard on his Ducati debut, after crossing the finish line just 0.357sec from the #3.

“It's been a tough weekend and we've had a lot of issues - obviously a 130mph high-side doesn't help things but nothing really went smooth,” said Hayden. “In the beginning of the race I was quite slow, I didn't get a great start but actually as the fuel load changed and I got a better feeling I got faster and faster and the last five or six laps were my fastest of the whole weekend.

“It would have been nice to nick Dani at the end there but I think the team have showed that even though a lot of stuff has gone against us this weekend we're not going to give up. Hopefully the bad stuff is behind us now and Casey has shown the potential of the bike, so crazy as it sounds I'm leaving here in a really positive mood and looking forward to Motegi.”

Hayden's team-mate Casey Stoner took victory on Monday, with Pedrosa's new team-mate Andrea Dovizioso fifth.


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'IF I WAS A PUNK' - Unregistered

April 14, 2009 11:24 AM

IF I WAS A PUNK I WOULD ASK HIM WHAT WAS GOING THROUGH YOUR MIND DANNY WHEN YOU RAPED ME WITH AN INJURED KNEE AND NEARLY GOT PUNTED OFF BY DEANGELIS it may have been nice nicky if you where able to pull it off, but you didnt so shut up :? :? :? :? :? :? :? :? :? :? :? :? :? :? :? :? :?

DanisDad - Unregistered

April 14, 2009 1:40 AM

Racers want to beat the people in front of them. Of course he wanted to reel in the next fish. Dani or D'Angerous, he'd want to nick them. After the blown engine vomited oil on his tyres, the high side broke his rim and ruined a tyre, I wonder what he rode on with the extra warm-up? Was it a used tyre? Then he turns his fastest lap the last lap of the race as everyone else slows down. He might not catch the Repsol boys, much less the Yamahas - well except JayTeaTime - but the man does not quit on the program. Don't compare his attitude to Marco, just his luck with the red bike. Mr. :P



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