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PICS: Valentino Rossi’s fall in Silverstone qualifying

"It's a bit strange that Valentino and I did the exact same crash, but maybe we can understand something from the data" - Nicky Hayden.
Factory Ducati riders Valentino Rossi and Nicky Hayden suffered almost identical accidents, at the same corner, during Saturday's qualifying session for the British MotoGP at Silverstone.

Rossi's fall occurred after just 15 minutes, when the Italian lost the front of his GP12 under heavy braking for the final chicane.

The seven time MotoGP champion was sent sliding down the asphalt (see below for more pictures) while his bike suffered substantial damage when it dug into the soft grass and barrel-rolled to a halt.

“Shortly after qualifying started, I crashed when approaching the last chicane, a tricky part of the track where you brake hard and where there's a small crest and a depression,” he said.

“The bike unweights there and you can lose the front. We struggle there because we don't have much grip on the front, so tomorrow we'll have to be particularly careful.”

Hayden's accident happened while on a potential pole lap with eleven minutes of the hour remaining - and was an almost exact replica of Rossi's tumble.

“I put in a new soft tyre and went out for my first real qualifying run, and most of the lap felt really good. Then coming over that crest in the last section, I lost the front without much warning,” said the American.

“I don't really have an excuse. I was in there hot, but it felt good when I first got on the brakes. Crashing is part of motorcycle racing, but I just wish I could have finished that lap.

“It's a bit strange that Valentino and I did the exact same crash, but maybe we can understand something from the data. Considering that I crashed out so early, seventh on the grid isn't too bad, but I definitely feel we were capable of more today.”

Rossi, fastest in the wet Friday session, will start tenth.



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kukisan - Unregistered

June 16, 2012 8:25 PM

ive never heard such crxp from a shallow bunch of bxstxxds in my life. what youve witnessed is the greatest racer in modern times.yes ducati isnt the force he was lead to believe but least hes trying.and on an even playing field hes a match for anyone, quit your moaninng,and walk in his shoes for one day perhaps then youd change your views.

Liam48

June 16, 2012 9:07 PM

Quite frankly I am DISGUSTED with some of the comments I've read here not just on this thread but over the last year and a half! The guy is a legend, do you really think a most guys that have won so much and done so much in this sport would stay on a bike that doesn't let you showcase your potential just to try and get it to work again as he has the hunger and determination to win again, most people would have walked by now. @George I'm afraid with a horrible comment like that you have shown yourself not to be a true race fan, you are an internet troll and if you want to make stupid comments like that, go somewhere else!



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