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Repsol Honda have excellent performance in Turkey

Repsol Honda have excellent performance in Turkey

Repsol Honda have excellent performance in Turkey

Excellent performance of the Repsol Honda Team riders in Istanbul, with Hayden third and leading the overall standings, and Dani Pedrosa protagonising an impressive recovery. After starting from the sixteenth position - sixth row of the starting grid - Dani overtook 15 riders, and even managed to lead the race on lap 11.

The race of the premier class started with Gibernau in the lead, setting the pace, Nicky Hayden fourth after the first lap and team mate Pedrosa in a back thirteenth position. From that moment on, there were two focuses of attention in the race. Five riders made up a group in the lead -Melandri, Hayden, Gibernau, Stoner and Vermeulen-, while Pedrosa, in the back, started a stunning recovery that took him in only eleven laps from the sixteenth to the leading position. With Pedrosa leading the Turkish race, Vermeulen and Gibernau were loosing positions and a solitary group of four riders, who were going to fight for the victory, was formed in the front. The Repsol Honda Team riders even managed to be in the leading two positions of the race, but on the last laps they weren't able any more to fight for the win. First it was Hayden who lost ground, unable to keep the pace of the lead, having to settle for the fourth place, until Pedrosa crashed in the last lap. Dani had lost some ground trying to avoid hitting against Melandri in a braking manoeuvre and in the following corner, trying to recover the ground, the young Repsol rider ended-up on the asphalt after loosing grip on the front end. Dani rejoined the race and crossed the finish line in fourteenth position. The race was won by Italian rider Marco Melandri. After Hayden's third place in Turkey, the North American rider now tops the drivers' standings. The teams' standings are lead by the Repsol Honda Team, with an advantage of seven points over second classified Fortuna Honda Team.

Nicky Hayden

"It was a wild race. Everyone was riding super-aggressive and fighting for position but nobody was doing any bone-head stuff. So I enjoyed the race. I had a bit of a problem on the starting line when one of the tyre warmers melted to the front disc and I thought about coming into the pits on the warm up lap. The brakes actually came in pretty good, but all through the race I felt a bit sloppy on the brakes - it didn't feel perfect. Although the other guys were riding real fast and breaking really deep, so perhaps that's what it was it! At the end I just didn't get it done, I make no excuses. The Repsol Honda team really did a good job - and the Michelins worked very well today. I'm really happy to keep the podium streak alive and leading the world championship is something to be proud of - it's a good accomplishment for me - but it's only three races in so I'm not going to jump up and down just yet. I've gotta keep working hard and stay focused and really I've gotta win races if I'm going threaten for the title." Dani Pedrosa

"Until the last lap I think the race was good. I got a good start and recovered a lot of positions at the beginning. Then I got into a very good rhythm and I was able to overtake riders and catch the leaders, which was the main plan before the race. Near the end it was difficult because I lost some time and there was a little gap to the leaders so I was not completely with them. Then I crashed as I was entering the first corner - maybe I had a little movement at the back of the bike - and then I lost the front end. Fortunately I was able to pick the bike up and finish in 14th place, so at least I got two points. I'm sorry for my team because they were really good for the whole weekend and maybe I was not fully concentrating on the job because two mistakes and two crashes - this is a lot for me.."

MotoGP, 2006, GRAND PRIX OF TURKEY, Repsol Honda Team

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