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GP Week : Issue 41
>>Moto GPnews Hayden bounces back from 205kph crash NICKY Hayden’s 100th GP, and his first on the factory Ducati, was a testing and painful experience, as sundry bike problems and a huge practice crash kept him from making that last step up to join Stoner in the front. Once again amazing rookie Mika Kallio, finishing eighth on the satellite Alice machine, was the second-best Ducati. But Hayden could be pleased with 12th, not least because his decision to race in spite of injuries paid off in points, as well as in giving him more valuable time to get to terms with the Ducati. Nicky’s fastest lap of the race was his last, as he moved ahead of Gibernau’s private machine, closing a weekend when bike troubles had cost him practice time, and culminated in an on-track blow-up on the second free session. Hayden didn’t realise he was leaving a trail of smoke and fluid on the track until Toseland came past and signalled him to stop. “It actually didn’t blow up. Something came off or broke something, so it was running fine when Toseland signalled me. When I looked back I got off the track as quick as possible. There was going to be oil everywhere.” In the afternoon, on a hot lap, he crashed. “It’s where you flick it left again and it gave a couple of big ones and threw me off. It knocked the breath out of me, but it didn’t knock me out and I didn’t break nothing. They were worried about my back.” Investigation cleared him of any fractures, but a wound on his chest needed stitching. Nothing daunted he came back to the track to race. “Once they told me there wasn’t nothing broken, I said, sure, I need to race and learn a lot and do a lot of stuff.” Simoncelli, second scaphoid victim, pulls out GILERA-mounted 250 champion Marco Simoncelli made the worst possible start to his title defence, pulling out of the opening round after the first two free practice sessions to allow his freshly broken wrist more time to recover. He had placed 14th, less than 1.5 seconds down and running a full 16 laps. Medical advice cleared him to continue, but his own decision was to stop. “I was able to do a couple of fast laps, but my hand quickly got sore and I can’t ride as I’d like,” he explained. “Now I’d prefer to not race, because of the risk for the rest of the season.” Like Stoner, the affected bone is the scaphoid, a slow-to- heal injury that racers dread; unlike Stoner it is Simoncelli’s Images used in GPWEEK are shot by the photo-artists at Sutton Images. Posters available of any shot – CLICK HERE for more information right hand, affecting his throttle and front brake. He fractured the wrist in a motocross training crash last weekend, and a screw was inserted into the broken scaphoid on Tuesday. Simoncelli’s comfort was that he won the title last year in spite of failing to score in the opening two rounds … and that his great rival Bautista was only seventh in the race. Interested in Aussie V8 Supercars? CLICK HERE to access Australasian Motorsport eNews ... 15