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Bad luck Down Under for Repsol Honda

Bad luck Down Under for Repsol Honda

The GMC Australian Grand Prix concluded in frustration for Repsol Honda riders Dani Pedrosa and Nicky Hayden after they respectively started the race from pole and fourth on the grid at Phillip Island.

The GMC Australian Grand Prix concluded in frustration for Repsol Honda riders Dani Pedrosa and Nicky Hayden after they respectively started the race from pole and fourth on the grid at Phillip Island.

Pedrosa ended up a disappointing fourth, crossing the line nearly 12 seconds behind race winner Casey Stoner, his pace apparently hindered by tyre deterioration while 2006 World Champion Hayden had to retire when in third place on lap 13 due to engine problems, having made a great start to run just behind leader Stoner in the early stages.

The results come on the back of the previous rounds poor results, when the visit to Motegis Twin Ring circuit ended with Hayden finishing ninth after qualifying third, in addition to Pedrosa crashing out having started on pole.

Pedrosa is now 29 points behind Fiat Yamahas Valentino Rossi in the battle for the runners-up spot in the World Championship with just two races to go. Hayden slips to ninth overall, with his compatriot and Rossis Yamaha colleague Colin Edwards leapfrogging him in the general standings.

Having taken the 2006 crown with a total of 252 points, Hayden has amassed just 112 in his title defence season 210 less than new champion Stoners current total.

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MotoGP, 2007, GMC AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX, Repsol Honda Team

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