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Tanaka absolves Hayden of blame for engine break

Tanaka absolves Hayden of blame for engine break

After seeing their rider Nicky Hayden plagued by mechanical problems yesterday, Repsol Honda took the time to apologise for the World Champions misfortune.

After seeing their rider Nicky Hayden plagued by mechanical problems yesterday, Repsol Honda took the time to specifically apologise for the World Champions misfortune. Makoto Tanaka from the team absolved Hayden from any responsibility for his stop-start sessions, which culminated in a broken engine at the end of the afternoon whilst riding down the home straight.

Unfortunately, through no fault of his own, Nicky couldnt settle into a rhythm today. He had some electrical problems with his machine in the morning and then in the afternoon an engine broke. Im sorry about this because we were hoping for a strong start for Nicky after his great performance in Assen. So, we must work very hard to rectify things for him tomorrow, explained Tanaka.

Hayden added Well this was a tough day for sure. This morning I had a few issues with one machine at the beginning of the session, switched bikes and did a few laps but then I had a pretty minor crash into Turn 12. I hurt my hand a bit but basically its OK.

Because of the problems on the first bike I lost about half of that session. Then in the afternoon we were looking to improve things but I had an electrical problem and then an engine let go and made quite a mess of the front straight. So unfortunately we didnt really learn a whole lot about the chassis, set-up or the tyres today. Well just have to sort a few things out tonight and get ready to put things straight tomorrow.

Tags:
MotoGP, 2007, ALICE MOTORRAD GRAND PRIX DEUTSCHLAND, Nicky Hayden

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