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PIC: Misano pile-up

This is the first lap incident that took Alex de Angelis, Colin Edwards and Nicky Hayden out of Sunday's San Marino Grand Prix - and almost eliminated title contender Jorge Lorenzo.

The collision occurred when local star de Angelis tried to gain places during the short right-left flick between turns 1 and 2.

The Gresini Honda rider slammed into the side of Edwards' Tech 3 Yamaha at turn two - bringing them both down and clipping the back of Lorenzo's bike before Hayden was dragged off in the carnage. Randy de Puniet was forced off track.

A furious Hayden immediately made his feelings clear to de Angelis, who had become the first ever rider from San Marino to stand on the premier-class podium just one week earlier at Indianapolis, while Edwards later labelled the de Angelis move as 'dumb'.

The accident marked the first time that de Angelis and Edwards had failed to finish a race this year, and cost Edwards fifth in the world championship.

Lorenzo kept control despite the impact and went on to finish second behind Fiat Yamaha team-mate and world championship leader Valentino Rossi.

See below for more pictures of the incident, now updated to show shots from several different angles.



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Hayden and De Angelis, San Marino MotoGP 2009
Edwards and De Angelis crash, San Marino 125GP 2009
Edwards and De Angelis crash, San Marino 125GP 2009
Edwards and De Angelis crash, San Marino 125GP 2009
Hayden, MotoGP Race San Marino 2009
Hayden, MotoGP Race San Marino 2009
Hayden, MotoGP Race San Marino 2009
De Angelis, Hayden, MotoGP Race San Marino 2009
Hayden, MotoGP Race San Marino 2009
De Angelis and Hayden crash, MotoGP Race San Marino 2009
De Angelis and Hayden, MotoGP Race San Marino 2009
Edwards, MotoGP Race San Marino 2009
De Angelis, MotoGP Race San Marino 2009
De Angelis, MotoGP Race San Marino 2009
Edwards, Hayden, MotoGP Race San Marino 2009
Edwards, Hayden, MotoGP Race San Marino 2009
Edwards, MotoGP Race San Marino 2009
Jorge Lorenzo, Mercedes AMG Petronas, Silverstone [Credit: Monster Energy]

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sinatra

September 07, 2009 8:22 AM

thanks eddie, i wondered what the rainbow meant on his helmet. now i know. thank you. i know what it means to all the other riders on the moto gp class grid now........get the f*&@ out of my way, i need a ride for 2010!!!!! seriously though it is a hideous helmet design....regardless what it means in his home country. i am seriously floored by the hatred on these forums for the likes of hayden and edwards...i also agree that the bashing that goes on here against these guys is more on a personal level then on their performance and abilities. jealousy, its a strange thing. peace out :) haters.

Trip - Unregistered

September 06, 2009 5:09 PM

@fan Seriously, stop it. Have you ever been within three meters of a motorcycle? Do you know how one works? So you can predict/calculate the physical forces that affected four different bikes in different positions by watching on TV and confidently determine that Hayden should have been able to stay on. You d*uche bags are really getting desperate.



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