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Hayden pays price for turn one error.

For the first time in seven races, and despite qualifying a season-best fourth on the grid, Nicky Hayden's race results took a backward step at the Sachsenring on Sunday.

After an encouraging fifth in his home US Grand Prix, Hayden had been ranked fourth in both wet and dry conditions during the Sachsenring weekend, and went straight on the offensive at the start of the race.

But it was to cost him dear when he ran wide at turn one (pictured), dropping him back to 14th.

Thereafter the Ducati Marlboro rider, who fell in both qualifying and warm-up, spent most of the race in ninth place, before gaining one further position from fading Repsol Honda replacement Andrea Dovizioso.

“I knew I needed to get a good start if I was going to do anything special today but I got into turn one hot and everybody came underneath me,” he recalled.

“To be honest after my crash in warm-up I started the race a little uptight because I didn't want to wreck another bike or throw away everything we have gained and learned this weekend.

“It is hard to be patient when you have a sniff of the front and instead of taking things step by step like we have up to now I pushed my luck and we've paid the price.”

Hayden eventually crossed the line a few tenths from Marco Melandri and 0.874sec behind sixth placed Toni Elias.

“It wasn't the race we were looking for so I'm sorry to the team because the bike was capable of more here, I've just made a couple of mistakes this weekend," the 2006 world champion added. "I don't want to apologise for trying too hard though because I knew I could do good here.

“I'm disappointed with the race but not with the weekend on the whole because we're up and running now and moving forward.”

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Mike Villasenor - Unregistered

July 20, 2009 6:14 PM

I was still laughing 30 minutes after this race ended! Has Nicky Hayden undertaken any medical test to determine if he's mentally retarded? Did you hear the pre-race interview where he says something to the effect of, "I'm just going to do my best to hang in there." What a killer instinct this retard has! It didn't take long for the cool-aid drinkers to come to Boy Nicky's defense: Just back luck... step by step... Next time around... Doesn't have to hang his head... He's getting faster... You people are 100% imbeciles! I hate to gloat (not really, I LOVE IT!) but in my last posting I NAILED this one. Mike Villasenor - The UNDISPUTED KING of Ortega Highway!!

thetruth - Unregistered

July 20, 2009 4:56 PM

jak-0ffs hate Hayden for 2 main reasons, 1. he is American, and 2. he was the first to beat Rossi. Their posts are worth as much as the turd I just put in the toleit, LOL at the haters, can't ride and don't no ****e about racing. :-o

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