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Pit board confusion for James Haydon

Pit board confusion for James Haydon

Pit board confusion for James Haydon

Proton Team KR rider James Haydon made an eventful second appearance in MotoGP at Sepang on Sunday, losing time with a "ride-through" penalty for a jumped start and then in to the pits again after a misunderstanding with his pit crew. Haydon explained that by that point e had lost so much time that there was no point in rejoining.

The British Superbike rider will get another chance next weekend, with a third race substituting for injured Kurtis Roberts. Team principal Kenny Roberts confirmed today that Haydon will stay with the team for next Sunday's race at Phillip Island – a track where the Briton will at least have prior circuit knowledge, as well as increasing familiarity with the Proton KR V5 MotoGP prototype.

"The last two weekends have given me a quick view of both sides of Grand Prix racing," commented Haydon, who had finished in the points at Qatar. "I'm really disappointed. As it turned out, we wouldn't have been in the points anyway – but everyone worked so hard, with no reward for their efforts.

"I was getting the feeling of the clutch on the start line and the bike moved forward. I didn't cross my line, but in MotoGP – unlike British Superbikes – just moving means you have a jumped start. I had a really good few corners, passing Melandri, Nobu and McCoy, then there were a pack of us going into the last corner, all trying to pinch a bit of time.

"A lot of us ran wide, and I went off the track. When I got back I could just see people ahead of me and I was trying, then I had to come in for a ride-through penalty. I was miles behind when I went out, and two laps later I came round and for the first time there was no pit board for me.

"I thought the team meant for me to come in, so I did – but it turned out the board just wasn't ready! In the big picture, it didn't change anything … now I'm really looking forward to next weekend in Australia."

Team Principal Kenny Roberts was typically philosophical about the events, and looked on the bright side of the confusion. "A pretty uneventful day. We haven't the combination to go better at the moment. We have to find a better tyre combination mid-corner.

"I don't know why James should have been penalised, just for moving on the grid, but I guess that's the way it is. Then he missed his board, and thought we wanted him to come in again. At least we saved the mileage!"

Tags:
MotoGP, 2004, MARLBORO MALAYSIAN MOTORCYCLE GRAND PRIX

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