Nicky Hayden qualified his factory Ducati in fifth place for Sunday's Spanish Grand Prix, a mere 0.049sec off third-placed team-mate Casey Stoner, just a few hours after suffering a 130mph fall on the same machine.

The 2006 world champion low-sided from the GP10 at turn seven during morning practice, sending both rider and machine bouncing through the gravel.

"The crash this morning wasn't pretty but other than a couple of scrapes and bruises I'm fine," said Hayden. "Considering I had a 130mph tumble I feel pretty good actually! Unfortunately it complicated things for the team because they had to work like dogs to fix the bike.

"I started the afternoon session on my other bike but we had a few issues with the gear shifter that we couldn't resolve during the session so I had to jump on the bike I'd crashed. The guys were pretty sure it was okay but I wasn't riding it because they wanted more time to check some things.

"I did a couple of 1'39.5s and it's not crazy to suggest we had a couple more tenths in us that could have put us on the front row. Fifth place isn't so bad - it's going to be a long, hard race but I can't wait to get started.

"I want to say thanks to the team for all their hard work today - hopefully I can pay them back with a good result tomorrow," he concluded.


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