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Repsol Honda pair struggle in qualifying

Repsol Honda pair struggle in qualifying

MotoGP World Champion Nicky Hayden and his Repsol Honda colleague Dani Pedrosa were both disappointed with their qualifying performances at the Gran Premio d'Italia Alice.

MotoGP World Champion Nicky Hayden and his Repsol Honda colleague Dani Pedrosa were both disappointed with their qualifying performances at the Gran Premio d'Italia Alice.

The rain hampered session saw Hayden languishing in 13th on the grid after being unable to make the most of the few dry spells at Mugello. Meanwhile his Spanish team-mate Pedrosa had to settle for eighth at a circuit where he has previously enjoyed better luck.

‘The Kentucky Kid' stayed out during the rainy final 25 minutes to work on his setup, but had a couple of close calls as he lost the back end on dry patches. The American will now hope for a good start tomorrow and a successful race strategy.

"The conditions were fairly crazy this afternoon," noted Hayden. "One minute the sun was out, the next minute it was raining, then the sun was out again – I just couldn't believe it. And my grid position pretty well sucks. When it was fully wet I felt pretty good but when a dry line starts to appear I really struggle and I think it's something I've got to improve on a lot."

"We've put ourselves in a hole for tomorrow so I'll be looking to get an awesome start, get a good first couple of laps and try to pick off as many guys as possible. It's going to be a really tricky race even if it is dry because we haven't had a lot of dry set-up time and there are a few tyre options I haven't even tried. So we'll just see what conditions we get in the warm-up tomorrow and use that time well."

Tags:
MotoGP, 2007, GRAN PREMIO D'ITALIA ALICE, Repsol Honda Team

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