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Repsol Honda battle again at the front

Repsol Honda battle again at the front

Repsol Honda battle again at the front

Yet another brilliant MotoGP race unfolded n the German Grand Prix with the top four riders crossing the finish line covered by just 0.307s. Repsol Honda riders Nicky Hayden and Dani Pedrosa battled at the front for the entire 30-lap race, both riders leading at some stage before finishing in third and fourth places after a great fight between the front quartet.

Hayden was quick all weekend and looked in with a chance of victory until the very last corner as he stalked Marco Melandri and eventual race winner Valentino Rossi. The 24-year-old American star now holds a 26-point lead in the riders' world championship as he heads to his home Grand Prix at Laguna Seca in a week's time.

Making a good start from his fourth pole position of the year, Dani Pedrosa led on the first lap and battled strongly with his vastly-more experienced rivals for 30 riveting laps. He set the fastest lap of the race on lap four – his time of 1m 23.355s setting a new race lap record – and was also a contender for the win until the last lap. The sensational 20-year-old Spanish rookie crossed the line only 0.307s seconds behind the winner and now sits in third position in the world championship.

The next round of this enthralling season is the American Grand Prix which takes place at the modified Laguna Seca circuit in California on Sunday July 23.

Nicky Hayden
"We had a good battle and I really enjoyed it. Everybody rode well and fought hard and nobody gave an inch. Towards the end I knew these guys were going to fight it out so I thought I had a good chance to get in front. On the last lap I thought Marco would go up the inside and maybe open the door at the bottom of the hill and that's what I was planning on at the end. I'm not completely satisfied with third because this is a good track for me and I thought I had a shot at the win today, but I enjoyed the battle. The other guys did a great job and also a big thanks goes to everybody in my team. Though we couldn't quite get off the corners quick enough today, at other spots on the lap the bike was really good. Now I'm really looking forward to going home – and I'm proud to be going to Laguna leading the points. We'll definitely be trying to get 25 more there."

Dani Pedrosa
"It was a good race between all four riders at the front but unfortunately I finished at the back of the group, so of course I feel a little bit disappointed. I was quick for most of the lap except in the downhill corner near the end of the lap where I was losing too much time. I will have to improve myself in the overtaking places because I tried hard in this race to not be overtaken and also to overtake the others, but it was not quite enough. I think I was actually faster than the others, however I wasn't able to get to the front and that's why I couldn't show my true speed today. Still, the season is going well and I'm pretty happy with most of my performance today."

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MotoGP, 2006, betandwin.com MOTORRAD GRAND PRIX DEUTSCHLAND, Repsol Honda Team

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