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Hayden finishes fourth – again!

Nicky Hayden came within a few corners of claiming Ducati's first podium of the season, during Sunday's British MotoGP at Silverstone.

The 2006 world champion moved into third place with four laps to go, but couldn't hold off fellow American Ben Spies, who slipped past through the ultra-quick Abbey turn.

Hayden was thus left with his fourth fourth-place from the five races so far this season.

“It's a pretty frustrating result because the team did a great job with the bike after the warm-up and it was a lot of fun to ride,” said Hayden. “Unfortunately I didn't get a good start – we've been having some little clutch problems and didn't get away well.

“The race was really fun, everybody was going back and forth, I was able to make some moves in the corners but just didn't really have the top speed in the straights.

“It's hard for me to dress this result up because I'm not happy to finish fourth again but the good thing is we were in the hunt again. We did something good with the bike today so hopefully it will work at Assen, a circuit I love.”

Like Hayden, team-mate Casey Stoner also finished less than one second behind runner-up Andrea Dovizioso, after charging forwards from 15th and last at turn one to join the podium pack.

“I'm not happy with fifth place because we were capable of more today. I don't know if we could have challenged Jorge for the win but we definitely found something in warm-up and made more improvements in the race, but we paid the price for a terrible start,” said Stoner.

“As I let the clutch out the bike started jumping and hopping around and I had to pull the clutch in and go again, by which time everybody was past. The tyres were fresh on before the warm-up lap so in the early laps I had to be really careful before being able to start overtaking and I lost a lot of seconds.

“The race then was fun, we were able to find a good rhythm and to make our way forward but the time lost at the beginning prevented us by fighting for the podium.”

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fan - Unregistered

June 21, 2010 4:20 PM

Helena, Can you show me where the clutch problem at the start of the race was Casey's fault? When you can point out that it was Casey's fault and when he doesn't accept that it is his fault you would have a leg to stand on. Otherwise you are acting like the other trolls that want to put words into his mouth and make him out to a a cry baby. Casey, like every other rider on the grid is asked questions by reporters. The trend I have noticed with Casey is that he speaks his mind, and doesn't care about the politics of it. If you want to degrade him as a rider because he is not PC, than that of course is your perogative. He rides the wheels off of a motorcycle, that's all I care about.

pepik - Unregistered

June 21, 2010 3:33 PM

Sorry can't agree with you Helena,even Nicky said that he had a clutch problem at the start.I think Casey is a straight forward guy,and sometimes he does say he makes mistakes.But I do agree with you that 'his last few laps were out of this world'. I like both Ducati riders,and I also think that it won't be long that we will see them on the podium.

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