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GP Week : Issue 162
26 GPWEEK.com // PARTNERS: caught up, with Crutchlow in tow, and Hayden dropped to seventh behind the pair of them. Rossi was pleased with a race in which he’d been able to maintain pace to the end. His biggest problem was a bad qualifying position (tenth) and a poor start: “Fifth was not too bad but the type of race was better – we are quite happy,” he said. “It looks like we have a better base." Hayden was rueful, having sacrificed a possible fourth for another seventh. “But I wanted the rostrum and I was prepared to take the risk,” he said. Not as rueful as Stoner, almost 20 seconds away. He’d had trouble getting the bike right all weekend, but the real problem was a big wobble over the top of the second run up the hill which knocked his brake pads off. When he grabbed the anchors for Correntaio corner there was nothing there and by the time he’d pumped them up he was running wide: “I thought I could stop it before the edge but I got onto the dirty part of the track,” he said. He ran into the gravel, and “that was game over.” He rejoined in a distant tenth, battling back past Alvaro Bautista (San Carlo Honda) with a pass where they collided, Bautista almost going off. The Spaniard thought it brutal, but Stoner said: “I’ve never been that kind of rider. It was a racing incident, half his fault and half mine. I was alongside enough for him to see me, but he closed the corner on me.” He had also passed Hector Barbera (Pramac Ducati) three laps from the end. Ben Spies had a nightmare afternoon, dropping back rapidly and finishing up a distant 11th. He was suffering from food poisoning, and unavailable for comment after wards, after beating the best of the CRT bikes, Randy de Puniet’s Power Electronics ART, but only two seconds. Lorenzo now leads the resurgent Pedrosa by 19, 185 to 166; Stoner has 148. Dovi is fourth on 108, then Crutchlow (95). “Fifth was not too bad but the type of race was better – we are quite happy. It looks like we have a better base." – ROSSI MOTOGP >>> MUGELLO