For the second event in a row, Nicky Hayden
and Alex de Angelis
clashed on track - although this time, during qualifying at Estoril, both riders fortunately remained on two wheels.
de Angelis was confronted by a furious Hayden in the Misano gravel after bringing down the Ducati rider and fellow American Colin Edwards
at turn two of the recent San Marino Grand Prix.
The Estoril qualifying clash was less costly - but more bizarre, since it happened on a straight!
“I thought I maybe had the chance to qualify a little bit better but at the start of my last flying lap de Angelis ran into the back of me on the front straightaway!” revealed Hayden.
“I mean, I can understand if you bump a guy in the middle of a second gear corner or something but there I was doing 274km/h and they can see on the data where the bike came unstable because you can see the steering go side to side.
“My first instinct was that something had happened to the bike so I shut off the throttle and it ruined my last flying lap,” added the 2006 world champion, who qualified ninth on the grid.
“Anyway, we're on the third row and it's going to be a long, hard race tomorrow. I know a lot of guys in my group are going about the same speed but if we can take another little step in the morning we'll be okay. Like always it will be important to get a good start and not get boxed in the first turn. We'll see,” he concluded.
de Angelis will start eleventh for San Carlo Honda Gresini.
The Sammarinese currently has no ride for the 2010 season, and doesn't seem to be helping his chances of landing the last remaining Ducati seat...