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Repsol Honda Team leave Jerez plagued by questionable results

Repsol Honda Team leave Jerez plagued by questionable results

Repsol Honda Team leave Jerez plagued by questionable results

The Repsol Honda Team finished the Gran Premio Marlboro de España in Jerez yesterday with a lot of questions to reflect upon after rider Max Biaggi finished in seventh place and Nicky Hayden failed to finish.

Nicky Hayden had run a strong race until crashing out with eight laps to go after breaking too late into a corner in a bid to move up into second place. The young American had consistently stalked the dominating duo of Rossi and Gibernau and had been in third position for a large part of the race, making his retirement from the race a particularly bitter outcome.

´Just so frustrated! Most of the weekend we had been going real well. I gotta´ good start and was right there. The boys pulled a bit of a gap but I managed to close it up again. It all felt pretty comfortable really. I had a good lead on fourth but I was pushing and in the end crashed on the brakes at the last corner. I´m so disappointed. We all worked so hard over the winter and to be so close at the first race and get no points is hard. My thumb´s a bit of a worry. I need to get it checked out.´

After having started from his worst ever position in MotoGP, 16th on the grid, team-mate Max Biaggi managed to pull back nine positions to finish, after a good recovery in the second half, to take seventh. The result was reasonable considering his starting position but still gave the Italian little comfort.

´This is not a GP to forget about: this is a GP to remember very well, said Biaggi reflecting on the result. It´s not the situation to describe my race. In Italy we say that you don´t have to move the knife inside the scar. I don´t want to do it. From the place we started our result could have been much worse.

I´m not even satisfied with my coming back. But I´m serene, because I know I gave the best until the chequered flag. Anything more could not be possible. With my riding condition it´s already a result that I didn´t fall. I leave with a big question mark on my shoulder, heavy like rock. Not only for me, I hope.´

With the season having just begun, the team will have many more chances to shine, however with the Grande Premio de Portugal less than a week the Repsol Honda Team will surely have a lot of questions to ponder and issues to resolve.


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