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Biaggi far from happy with fifth place at Shanghai

Biaggi far from happy with fifth place at Shanghai

Biaggi far from happy with fifth place at Shanghai

The first ever Chinese GP on Sunday represented the opportunity for the various teams and individual riders to make history by conquering the massive Shanghai track. Things didn't quite work out that way for Repsol Honda Team riders Max Biaggi and Nicky Hayden.

Having arrived in China with an Estoril podium place under his belt from two weeks before, it appeared that Max Biaggi had made some real progress and was heading for a good race in China.

Although the Italian did manage to pull back several positions after his 14th place starting position, he did not quite manage to shine as he and team had hoped. He ended up finishing the water-logged race in fifth place, a result that is not acceptable to a rider who went there to win.

"In dry conditions, with our set-up problems and the 14th qualifying time, things could have been much worse," said the Italian. "But I can't be happy with fifth place. That's not what HRC and I are here for.

"Surely, under the rain the rider counts much more and I could partially close the technical gap between me and the fastest for many laps. But with these cornering problems I was forced to push it to the limit and even beyond the safety border. That's why I had to slow down after half the race. We are not doing well, not at all. We must grow much more and very soon."

For team-mate Nicky Hayden it all came down to a question of mechanics. Hayden made a reasonable start from fifth place on the starting grid and was running a good race. He made a charge towards the end that was thwarted by mechanical problems, forcing him to drop the pace to ensure he would at least finish the race.

"That was a pretty tough race in those conditions, said the disillusioned American. The start was reasonably okay but then in the first few laps we really didn't make much progress. We then picked up the pace and started moving forward and got into a pretty good rhythm and I was making a bit of a charge but then towards the end we picked up a bit of a problem.

"The bike started vibrating a bit and I lost a few places at the end which wasn't cool. In the last few laps I just wanted to hang on and bring the bike home and pick up some points, which we did. We just gotta' learn and move on."


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