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Bitter return to Europe for Repsol Honda Team

Bitter return to Europe for Repsol Honda Team

Bitter return to Europe for Repsol Honda Team

Along with many of the teams in all three classes in the British GP, Repsol Honda riders Nicky Hayden and Max Biaggi fell victim to the treacherous conditions at Donington Park on Sunday.

Fresh from the high of winning at home in the American GP at Laguna Seca just a few weeks ago, Nicky Hayden arrived at Donington in the hope of building on his Californian success, which had being speculated to be a turning point for the happy-go-lucky American.

The relentless rain during the morning had caused several crashes, fortunately none resulting in serious injury. In the premier class, the performance of the Repsol riders was short and frustrating. Hayden took the start from the second row of the grid and Biaggi from the third. As the race was still in the opening stages, Hayden crashed at the end of the third lap he went off the track in the corner before the start/finish straight - and decided to retire.

I got a terrible start and in the first lap or two I had a few guys crash right in front of me, said Hayden. I only just avoided Biaggi and Xaus. I made a mistake in the Melbourne loop and ran a bit wide, but generally in the opening few laps the bike felt pretty good. I just wanted to get into a good rhythm but just didnt have time. Im mad at myself for crashing at that corner.

I almost crashed there in the morning warm-up and I watched lots of guys crashing there in earlier races. It was just so slippery. It was so quick and I was down. Unfortunately I broke the handlebar it was an easy crash. Its frustrating being so high from the last race and so low from this one. Its a cruel game sometimes.

Biaggi who was the first of the pair to crash went out on the first lap before rejoining the race to only crash again on lap four, deciding to make his way to the pits.

In the sighting lap we had absolutely no traction, said the frustrated Italian. In the five-minute stop before the race we made some adjustments but it seemed to make no difference.

We had spinning in the straight - in second, third and fourth gears. It was strange to have no feeling. I made a good start but very soon crashed out. I managed to get back on but then fell again. I feel very sorry for my team, as I know they work so hard and I couldnt repay them. All I can say is I will come back strong at the Sachsenring.

MotoGP, 2005, BRITISH GRAND PRIX, Repsol Honda Team

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