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GP Week : Issue 55
>>Moto GPGERMANY The White Stripes ... not “too excited” Hayden: NICKY Hayden’s forward progress at Ducati put him fourth in qualifying. But a mess- up at the tight first corner dropped him to 14th at the first timing second of the track, and it was all he could do to get back up to eighth in the race. “I threw everything we’d worked for all weekend away in the first corner,”he said. “I got in too hot, and everyone inside me was also too hot. Then I lost the rear, and I had to pick it up and run round on the paint, and they all came past me. “I got too excited, being up the front, and from there on it was really hard work.” The 2006 World Champion started the season struggling with the Ducati, but over the last two races a hatful of changes had started to turn his season around (see separate news story). “I was looking forward to going with the fast guys as long as I could, and learning some more,”he said. As it was, he regained five places on the first lap, but wasn’t able to do much more: “I chewed up the right (softer) side of the tyre, and blistered the rear. I apologised to the team, but it seems strange to apologise for trying too hard. “It’s not the race I wanted, but overall it’s positive … still better than the previous races,”he concluded. Hayden had been mired in the same problems that ruined Melandri’s 2008 season as Stoner’s team-mate. But unlike the Italian, he can see his way out. ALL riders except for Stoner chose the softer option of the front Bridgestone tyres … but that’s not how it looked on the grid. Anyone judging from appearances would have thought Rossi had done the same. Not so. But his front Bridgestone lacked the white side-wall strip that distinguishes the softer tyre. If anyone had been waiting to copy him, they would have been badly misled. “Nothing to do with us,” insisted his famed crew chief Jerry Burgess, firmly denying he’d been pulling the wool over anybody’s eyes. “We didn’t scrub any markings off any tyres. “Bridgestone told us that their had been a problem with their marking machine,”he said. Bridgestone started to make the tyres after the beginning of the season, but the white strip is only applied after the tyre has been made. This is because although only two options front and rear are available at each track, they come from a wider range. A tyre that is the softer option at one track may be the harder one at the next circuit. 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 MotoGP| Round 9 SachSEnRInG 46 99 3 27 15 24 33 69 5 10 11 12 13 14 15 52 65 88 7 36 41 DNF 4 DNF 14 Valentino Rossi Jorge Lorenzo Dani Pedrosa Casey Stoner Alex de Angelis Toni Elias Marco Melandri Nicky Hayden Colin Edwards James Toseland Loris Capirossi Niccolo Canepa Chris Vermeulen Mika Kallio Gabor Talmacsi Andrea Dovizioso Randy de Puniet Fiat Yamaha Team Fiat Yamaha Team Repsol Honda Team Ducati Marlboro Team San Carlo Honda Gresini San Carlo Honda Gresini Hayate Racing Team Ducati Marlboro Team Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Monster Yamaha Tech 3 Rizla Suzuki MotoGP Pramac Racing Rizla Suzuki MotoGP Pramac Racing 41:21.769s +0.099s +2.899s +10.226s +21.522s +30.852s +31.301s +31.726s +32.865s +43.926s +57.375s +1:00.539s +1:03.645s 1:04.155s Scot Racing Team MotoGP +1 Lap Repsol Honda Team LCR Honda MotoGP +5 Laps +30 Laps Points – MotoGP: Rossi 176, Lorenzo 162, Stoner 148, Pedrosa 108, Edwards 83, Melandri 70, Dovizioso 69, Vermeulen 64, Capirossi 61, de Puniet 58, de Angelis 47, Elias 47, Hayden 46, Toseland 45, Kallio 28, Canepa 20, Gibernau 12, Takahashi 9, Talmacsi 1. 5