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Hayden reflects on the Turkish GP

Hayden reflects on the Turkish GP

Hayden reflects on the Turkish GP

Nicky Hayden continued his consistent run of form by clinching his third consecutive podium in last weekend's Turkish Grand Prix at the new Istanbul Park circuit. The 'Kentucky Kid' made a reasonable start from the front row and was third at the end of the first lap behind the flying Movistar Hondas of eventual race winner Marco Melandri and his team-mate Sete Gibernau.

On the fifth lap Gibernau overshot a corner to elevate Melandri to top spot leaving Hayden to give chase. On lap seven Valentino Rossi passed Hayden and the trio eventually took the chequered flag in that order. The American did his best to close the gap on Rossi - posting the second fastest lap of the race on lap 16 of the 22-lap encounter - but ultimately had to settle for third, some six seconds down on the world champion.

"That's the first time in MotoGP I've had three consecutive podiums so that's definitely a step forward, but to be honest I haven't really had the pace all weekend," admitted Hayden. "In the race I came through much faster than we'd managed during the practice days and for that I'm happy. The team did a great job and they definitely made a difference. I'm disappointed by the points situation. With Marco having such a great ride – congratulations to him, he definitely deserves it – we now have a little gap to second place. I want to dedicate this podium to a very special friend of mine back home. We all recently found out he's been taken ill and wish him all our best. He's had a huge influence in my career I wouldn't be where I am today without him. Our thoughts are with him."

MotoGP, 2005, GRAND PRIX OF TURKEY, Nicky Hayden

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