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Repsol Honda conquers America

Repsol Honda conquers America

Repsol Honda conquers America

Nicky Hayden won U.S. Grand Prix for the second year running, extending his world championship lead and delighting his home fans once again. In 39-degree heat at the famous Laguna Seca circuit, the 24-year-old American star charged from his starting position of sixth to lead by lap 17. His second win of the season and third of his MotoGP career made Hayden the first rider to take the victory in a premier-class Grand Prix at Laguna Seca having not started on the front row of the grid. He now sits 34 points clear at the head of the riders' world championship with six rounds to go.

Dani Pedrosa also put in a wonderful performance to finish second on his first visit to the technically demanding Laguna Seca track. From fourth on the grid he dropped back to sixth from the start and duelled with Marco Melandri, Casey Stoner and Kenny Roberts Junior as he battled through the field. The 20-year-old Spanish sensation set the fastest lap of the race on lap six on his way to 20 points for second place, elevating him back to second in the championship behind Hayden. Pedrosa now leads the Rookie of the Year standings by 69 points from Stoner.

On a great day for Honda, Marco Melandri of the Fortuna Honda team took third place, and the Honda powered KR211V ridden by Kenny Roberts Junior was fourth. The Repsol Honda team will now enjoy a well-earned break before round 12 of the 2006 MotoGP season takes place at Brno in the Czech Republic on August 20.

Nicky Hayden
` I think this feels better than last year, if that's possible! Last year was perfect and it all came pretty easy but this year I really had to work for it. I want to thank the Repsol Honda team for working so hard, and Michelin because my tyres worked well today. And also thanks to my trainer Aldon Baker´.

`At some tracks it doesn't pay off to be fit but today was so hot and really physical. My life revolves around being in shape and getting up with the sun to train, and days like this make it worth it. I got a really good start from the inside – I did exactly what my big brother told me and got to the outside – and it worked perfectly into turn one allowing me to pick up a few places. I tried not to go too fast too quickly to preserve the tyre because the pace was quick. And then just I tried to relax and chip away. It was really big for the championship but there's a long way still to go and I've just got to stay healthy and go for some more wins´.

Dani Pedrosa
` I'm so happy because this was a great result. The race was really tough, very hot and it was very demanding for the rider. In terms of conditions, this was the hardest race I've competed in. It was so difficult to ride in a consistent rhythm´.

`Thanks to my team because they worked really hard, and also to the legends and celebrities who came here because it's great that they care about motorcycles. The fans were awesome too. At the start I braked a little early and lost a couple of places. And then when I was recovering and moving up I made a mistake and lost the places again so this was tough at the beginning. Finally I was able to get in front and finish second which is a fantastic result for me. Finishing one and two is amazing for our team´.

MotoGP, 2006, RED BULL U.S. GRAND PRIX, Repsol Honda Team

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