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Hayden leads championship whilst Pedrosa suffers home misfortune

Hayden leads championship whilst Pedrosa suffers home misfortune

Hayden leads championship whilst Pedrosa suffers home misfortune

Nicky Hayden is the new leader of the World Championship after the Gran Premi Cinzano de Catalunya, although not through his preferred circumstances. The American rider's second place finish, combined with Loris Capirossi's unfortunate absence from the restart after becoming involved in a first corner incident, sees Hayden 20 points ahead of the Italian and 29 ahead of new third placed rider Valentino Rossi. got some exclusive quotes from the Championship leader after yesterday's race.

"Right now we are coming to a point where we have a lot of races, at very different circuits. The next one is in Assen which is very fast and has been modified, so we'll see what that's like."

Dani Pedrosa's first race at Montmelo as a MotoGP rider ended up being an occasion to forget for the Spaniard, not having had the expected success in qualifying and getting caught up in the first corner melee. A later crash finally forced him out of the running.

What can I say? I think today was not my day. We were very unlucky at the first start - but even in that moment I was the lucky one because I was totally unhurt after the crash, and that's the most important thing. But also the other lucky thing was that I could take part in the second race. We had some more problems at the restart with Vermeulen and the race was restarted again. So I think there was too much confusion this caused me to lose a little bit of concentration - and I was nervous too by now. I made a bad start second time round but I was actually quite calm to make my way through the field and overtake one by one. But then I crashed - I don't know why because I was not going so fast at that moment. Anyway, we must look forward to the next race and try to get a better result there."

MotoGP, 2006, GRAN PREMI CINZANO DE CATALUNYA, Dani Pedrosa, Nicky Hayden

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