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Dutch MotoGP: Hayden calm over final lap clash

'It was a racing move, and anyway, the real problem is we got beat by 33 seconds, which shows how far behind we are' - Nicky Hayden
Nicky Hayden refused to blame team-mate Andrea Dovizioso after the factory Ducati pair were overtaken by Bradley Smith on the final lap of the Dutch MotoGP.

Dovizioso dived underneath Hayden at Assen's famous chicane and the pair ran wide, allowing Tech 3 Yamaha rider Smith to drive past both riders on the blast to the chequered flag.

Italian ace Dovizioso conceded the move had been 'on the limit', but Hayden wasn't pointing the finger of blame at his team-mate after a disappointing weekend for Ducati, with Dovizioso finishing in tenth, one place ahead of the American star.

“It's been a very hard weekend, right from the beginning. There wasn't much grip here, which certainly didn't help us,” said Hayden.

“We tried hard to make the bike better, but we couldn't ever really get it working. It was quite difficult in the race, especially in change of direction.

“The bike was moving a lot, and I was pushing the front in a couple of the fast corners,” he added.

“I was really at the limit, and every time I tried to push a little harder to close the gap, I'd run a bit wide or lose the front.

“On the last lap, I didn't get a good run through turn 15 and Dovi came up the inside and pushed us both wide, so Smith beat us both to the line.

“It was a racing move, and anyway, the real problem is we got beat by 33 seconds, which shows how far behind we are.”

Ducati has organised a three-day test at Misano this week aimed at improving the Desmosedici GP13, with Hayden and Dovizioso set to attend on Wednesday and Thursday.

Paolo Ciabatti, Ducati MotoGP Project Director, said three days of hard work lie ahead at Misano as the team strives to make improvements with the GP13.




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che

July 01, 2013 2:16 AM

Ii really feel for Hayden it must be hard pushing to the limit and getting nowhere.I hope he has the opportunity to jump ship next season,onto what,I'm not sure maybe Suzuki? What does everyone else think?

realfan

June 30, 2013 11:41 PM

Dovi is getting more and more dangerous, some of the moves he pulled on Crutchlow last year were far too strong and this year appears to be no different, you shouldn't be doing that to your team mate. In qualifying he deliberately got in Barbera's way and then ran him off track just because he dared to be on the bit track Dovi wanted to be on and then kicked out at Barbera on the cool down lap but they were both penalised. Got to feel story for Hayden being his team mate.



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