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Hayden, Spies to decide sixth at Valencia

Nicky Hayden level with Ben Spies heading into Valencia finale.
Nicky Hayden will head into this weekend's Valencia MotoGP season finale level on points with fellow American Ben Spies for sixth in the world championship.

Tech 3 rider Spies missed Sunday's Estoril race due to injury, while Hayden took a gamble on the softer option front tyre - and briefly led the race - before slipping back to fifth.

“Today was the first time in my career that I have gone out to race in the dry without completing a single lap in those conditions before lining up on the grid," said the Ducati rider.

"Over the first few laps the bike worked really well, I felt good and I even managed to lead the race which hasn't happened for a while.

"In the middle part of the race I had a couple of moments on damp patches and lost my feeling a little.

"I got my rhythm back together towards the end and joined in the fight for the podium.

"Fifth place alongside a crash for Casey isn't a brilliant result for the team – it has been a tough weekend on everybody but we will try to do better at Valencia.”

Spies intends to try and ride at Valencia, but if Hayden can take sixth it will equal his highest championship ranking since winning the title in 2006.

Sixth would also be the best ranking by a Ducati rider other than Casey Stoner since the 800cc era started, Loris Capirossi having been seventh in 2007.



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Tom - Unregistered

November 01, 2010 1:39 PM

On motogp.con Hayden also explained that the electronics of his bike limited engine performance in the middle of the race (fearing excessive fuel consumption) and that much latter in the race it came back to "full power" realising it would make it to the end. I noticed that he was much faster again in the latter stages (back in the 1'39") and couldnt figure out why, especially with a soft front. He didnt complain a lot about that after the race though - it's not his style ! Now it'll be interesting in Valencia, the Duc' works well there, and Spies will be extra-motivated as he wants a last podium with Tech3. Bring it on !



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