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Repsol Honda repeat consistant results

Repsol Honda repeat consistant results

Repsol Honda repeat consistant results

The fantastic 2006 MotoGP season produced another stunning race today as the result of the Italian Grand Prix remained in doubt until the very last lap. Repsol Honda riders Nicky Hayden and Dani Pedrosa battled with the leading pack for the entire race before eventually crossing the line in third and fourth places. Hayden comes away from Mugello equal on points at the head of the riders' world championship, while rookie Pedrosa remains in a strong fourth.

After being fastest in morning warm-up, Hayden didn't get a good start from fourth on the grid and entered a scrap with the front six riders in the opening laps. As the race progress the 24-year-old star from the USA put on a brilliant display of controlled aggression as he fought to ensure he was right with the leaders in the dying laps. He crossed the line just 0.735s behind race winner, Valentino Rossi on the Yamaha and Ducati's Loris Capirossi in second.

Pedrosa displayed his immense talent by finishing just 1.272s behind Hayden, having found the demanding Mugello circuit the most difficult of the season so far to master on a MotoGP bike. The reigning 250cc world champion was consistently on the pace and recorded the third-fastest race lap as he stayed with the leading group. The 20-year-old ace from Spain extends his lead in the Rookie of the Year classification to 21 points ahead of Australian Casey Stoner.

Honda now leads the Constructors' championship by 32 points and Repsol Honda tops the Teams' championship by 42 points as the MotoGP paddock heads to the Grand Prix of Catalunya which takes place in Barcelona, Spain on June 18.

Nicky Hayden
`With the atmosphere here and the crowd, these are the days you really enjoy. Towards the end I was on the leaders and I actually felt a little bit stronger so I thought I might be able to try and spoil it for them a little bit. But there's no excuses today - I didn't get it done. Thanks to the Repsol Honda Team. We made some big changes on Friday which helped me a lot. Now the season has really started, we know who's going to be there every week and it's starting to get good. We're coming to a few tracks I really like and tomorrow we'll do some testing which should help. I'm having fun but I definitely want to win some races along the way´. Motogp.com offers to you excluvie interview with the American rider.

Dani Pedrosa
`Today was a good race for me – I'm happy with the result because this track is very tiring to ride and I was expecting to lose more time on the leaders. So I'm happy because being only two seconds behind the winner at my first time on a MotoGP bike at Mugello is perfect for me. We had some problems with the settings during the race , especially in the last ten laps, but it's not serious and is something we can fix. I was always behind the pack watching what was going on rather than being in the middle of the battle. I'm looking forward to watching it on TV because I know Capirossi was sliding a lot. I got fourth and I'm quite happy´.

Tags:
MotoGP, 2006, GRAN PREMIO D'ITALIA ALICE, Repsol Honda Team

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