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Hayden ‘Something really good was possible’

“I began to improve and was closing on the lead group when they were battling with each other” - Nicky Hayden.
Nicky Hayden looked like a potential podium contender during the middle stages of Sunday's wet French MotoGP.

But Hayden, whose best race lap was quicker than both Ducati team-mate Andrea Dovizioso and eventual podium finisher Marc Marquez, was forced wide when Valentino Rossi fell from fourth, while a later mistake ended any chance of reeling in the rostrum finishers.

Hayden crossed the line in fifth, one place and eight seconds behind Dovizioso.

“I got a great start and picked up some positions in the first few corners,” recalled Hayden. “I didn't feel great at first, but I began to improve and was closing on the lead group when they were battling with each other. I really enjoyed that, especially when the track was pretty wet. Things got more difficult as it dried, but I was hanging in there.

“I was looking for a way past Rossi, and when he crashed, I picked it up and ran wide. I put my head down and tried to close the gap, but I made a mistake, and after Marquez got by, I just tried to stay up and get to the finish.

“Top-five is our best result of the season, but for a while, I thought I had a possibility to do something really good. Still, there were moments this weekend when we showed more potential than we have all year, and I'm really looking forward to Mugello.”



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TalentFan

May 20, 2013 1:32 PM

A good strong ride from Nicky in difficult conditions. Without the Rossi incident then the form suggests that once again the 2 Ducati's would have been formation flying in line astern at the flag. Not at all sure that Hayden would have beaten Marquez and Dovi to get on the last step of the podium, but he'd have been a lot closer for sure and in with a shout. I reckon Ducati have every reason to be very satisfied with the efforts of both their Factory riders at Le Mans. Pirro as well come to that - I'm not sure, but is Pirro's 8th the best finish of 2013 by a Pramac bike? Even if it isn't its a good ride by a stand-in. lets hope this is the beginning of some genuine progress for Ducati - the series needs as many competitive bikes as it can get.



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