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Hayden happy to accept front row start

"It looks like it might rain in the morning and then be dry for the race, which would throw up all kind of confusion with set-up" - Casey Stoner.
Nicky Hayden will start from second on the grid at tomorrow's Portuguese Grand Prix, with his Ducati team-mate Casey Stoner fourth, following the cancellation of this afternoon's qualifying practice due to adverse weather.

Hayden and Stoner - like pole man Jorge Lorenzo - crashed in Saturday morning's wet free practice session, but had set quick lap times during Friday afternoon practice, which ensured a high start on the grid.

“This morning wasn't so wet but my feeling wasn't great and I had a crash quite early in the session so we have a few things we need to work on," said Hayden. "I know it's not great for the fans here and the people watching at home but with that amount of water on track it wasn't worth the risk this afternoon.

"Of course we accept risks every day in our sport but in these conditions it's just too much. It was a shame it washed out but for me a front row's a front row and now we have to try and take advantage of it. The weather looks like it could be good tomorrow, in which case it could be a pretty wild race. We'll just crack them curtains open, see what we got and try to make a good race.”

Stoner, winner of three of the last four races, is equally unsure of what to expect.

“What can I say? This weekend has been a bit of a disaster. We've had four sessions and only been able to ride in two, whilst the forecast for tomorrow is sketchy," he said. "If anything it looks like it might rain in the morning and then be dry for the race, which would throw up all kind of confusion with set-up – from fuel consumption to tyre choice.

"It's disappointing we didn't get the opportunity to try for a front row start because I think we had a good chance today but that's the way it turned out. All we can do is wait and see what happens tomorrow.”



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Tdub - Unregistered

October 31, 2010 2:43 AM

It wasn't the rain that cancelled qualifying...it was the standing water on the track. The damn safety car about lost it taking a lap. Those few of you who say they should have run are flat out, unknowlegable idiots!! And if you were not watching, what says you should even be commenting?



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