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Home race ruined for Hayden and Hopkins on first corner

Home race ruined for Hayden and Hopkins on first corner

The first corner collision involving World Champion Nicky Hayden and Rizla Suzukis John Hopkins ruined the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix for the American pair as their respective dreams of victory in front of the home fans were shattered in an instant.

The first corner collision involving World Champion Nicky Hayden and Rizla Suzukis John Hopkins ruined the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix for the American pair as their respective dreams of victory in front of the home fans were shattered in an instant.

With a crowd of more than 50,000 US MotoGP fanatics gathered at Laguna Seca in the West Coast sunshine the scene was set for a great race for the two highest placed home riders on the grid, with Hayden starting fourth and Hopkins seventh.

Indeed Hopkins had been disappointed not to be starting higher up the grid and lashed out in anger at Carlos Checa during qualifying when he adjudged the Spaniard to be in his way on a hot lap, resulting in the Californian earning a $2000 fine from Race Direction for his troubles. The Suzuki mans weekend soon got worse once the race commenced as he collided with Hayden when both riders appeared to run wide on the first turn and could not avoid each other.

Hopkins entered the pits and re-emerged two laps down on the rest of the pack, with the problems of several other riders eventually meaning he crossed the line 15th, whereas Hayden picked his bike up after the incident and tried to regain ground from the back but was frustratingly forced to retire on lap 22 when he himself was riding in 15th position.

To see video footage of the incident follow the link on the left.

Tags:
MotoGP, 2007, RED BULL U.S. GRAND PRIX, Nicky Hayden, John Hopkins

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