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Hayden delighted with last-lap podium

Nicky Hayden used a 'backyard' move to overtake MotoGP championship leader Jorge Lorenzo for third place on the very last lap of Sunday's Aragon MotoGP round.

The American dived for the inside though the second part of a slow right-left flick that leads onto the back straight. Parking his factory Ducati on the racing line, Lorenzo was forced to back off ion the exit, preventing him from re-passing Hayden into the last corner.

The result marked Hayden's first podium of the season, having finished in fourth place four times this season.

“It feels great to be back on the podium and I really enjoyed myself today," said Nicky. "The bike has been working really well all weekend and in the race I was able to get a good start and stay with Jorge.

"There wasn't really anywhere I could get a wheel in and over the last couple of laps he pushed hard to get away but I decided that fourth wasn't good enough for me today. I did a bit of a backyard move in the chicane over there and managed to hold him off to the line.

"It's nice to be on the podium. We'll try to do it again a few more times before the season's over!”

"Nicky was also fantastic because he kept up a strong pace throughout the race and never gave Lorenzo the chance to escape," added said team manager Vittoriano Guareschi. "He fought with him right to the end and came out with a podium."

Hayden's team-mate Casey Stoner won the race, marking Ducati's first win of the season and first double podium since 2007.

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jack - Unregistered

September 19, 2010 5:35 PM

Where are all you Hayden haters at? Kenlucky Kid where you at? No one crashed in front of him to "gift" him this position. Maybe Jorge just "let" him get this as he was protecting his championship lead? Any other excuses out there for this other than his hard work? No? p.s. He still has one more world championship than you do!


September 19, 2010 8:10 PM

GREAT race today from Nicky. I'm a Rossi fan but have always loved Hayden's attitude (he thoroughly deserved his 2006 title, as hard as it was to swallow at the time). I really didn't think he'd try a move but he did, and in the process made Jorge really spit the dummy out in his BBC interview ("Nicky profited from my pace!) Good luck for the rest of the season Nicky, but you owe us cleaning bills as a mate knocked his beer over on my new carpet when he jumped off the sofa on that last lap move :-)

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