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Hayden reigns in Holland whilst Edwards suffers late heartbreak

Hayden reigns in Holland whilst Edwards suffers late heartbreak

Hayden reigns in Holland whilst Edwards suffers late heartbreak

An amazing climax to the A-Style TT Assen saw Nicky Hayden take his first win of the season and Colin Edwards suffer a heartbreaking crash just metres from the finish line.

Edwards looked to have miraculously snatched victory from his compatriot, forcing Hayden off-road with the chequered flag in sight. However, his own excursion onto the grass flung him off his Yamaha M1 to shatter his dreams of a memorable maiden win.

Hayden had taken the lead just a few laps before, the result of which seemed to leave Edwards without a chance of recovering. Repsol Honda's clearly ecstatic American rider earned his first victory since Laguna Seca 2005 to further extend his championship lead to 42 points.

Always a high qualifier, Shinya Nakano has faded in previous races, and had seemed to be cursed with a string of unlucky penalties. Today the popular Japanese rider earned a well deserved podium finish, bravely holding off a strong trailing pack for second place.

Dani Pedrosa came back from a poor start to take third after an intense battle with fourth placed rider Casey Stoner. The Spaniard now lies second in the overall classification to make it a Repsol Honda top two.

Kenny Roberts Jr continued his run of good form with a fifth place ride on the Team Roberts bike, whilst fellow American and Assen poleman John Hopkins held onto a top six position after pushing the Suzuki to the limit.

The next two on the leaderboard showed the desire present in a MotoGP rider. Marco Melandri gave a gutsy performance to come in seventh, less than a week after suffering a catalogue of injuries in a horrific first corner crash in Catalunya. Valentino Rossi, doubtful for the race after breaking a bone in his hand on Thursday, made his way up from last on the grid to take eighth in one of his defining performances.

Carlos Checa and Chris Vermeulen completed the top ten.

Tags:
MotoGP, 2006, A-STYLE TT ASSEN, RAC

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