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Deflated Hayden reviews home race

Deflated Hayden reviews home race

World Champion Nicky Hayden's dreams of completing a hat-trick of home wins at Laguna Seca were shattered in spectacular fashion with a first corner crash in the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix and now the 25 year-old rider is determined to use the summer break to re-evaluate his situation after a tough first half of the year.

World Champion Nicky Hayden's dreams of completing a hat-trick of home wins at Laguna Seca were shattered in spectacular fashion with a first corner crash in the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix and now the 25 year-old rider is determined to use the summer break to re-evaluate his situation after a tough first half of the year.

After consecutive podiums at Assen and Sachsenring Hayden had at last found some form going into his home race and after qualifying fourth he was in a great position to put on a good show for the home fans.

However, after a slight crash in the Sunday morning warm up session - on the corner before the home straight when he lost adherence on the front wheel of his Honda - Hayden was served another slice of bad luck in the race as a first lap incident effectively ended his quest for a third home victory before it had begun.

After making a fast start the Kentucky Kid collided with Rizla Suzuki's John Hopkins when both riders ran wide on turn two, breaking his screen, dropping him through the field and damaging his front brake adjuster in the process. The 25-year-old champion completed the first lap in 18th position, continued to race and moved up a few positions, but the precarious operation of his brakes finally obliged him to pull into the pits and then retire, with 10 laps of 32 remaining.

Reviewing a disappointing afternoon, a deflated Hayden said: "I'd say it was definitely a difficult one. On the first corner, I don't want to say too much, everybody's seen what happened, so I won't go into that. It was going to be tough today anyway, but it was just such a let down for me and for the fans and everybody, not to at least have a crack at it."

"I had some momentum going so I was looking forward to these races, but maybe a break is what I need to re-evaluate things, and the team can come up with some good ideas to improve our situation. Also I took a nice impact on my leg so maybe I do need a little bit of a break."

To watch the video of World Champion Hayden's post-race interview with motogp.com follow the link on the left.

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

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