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Mixed results for Repsol Honda in Sepang

Mixed results for Repsol Honda in Sepang

After Repsol Hondas Dani Pedrosa took third place in the closely contested Polini Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix, while his team-mate Nicky Hayden came home ninth following an off track excursion, both riders gave their post-race thoughts to motogp.com.

After Repsol Hondas Dani Pedrosa took third place in the closely contested Polini Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix, while his team-mate Nicky Hayden came home ninth following an off track excursion, both riders gave their post-race thoughts to motogp.com.

Starting from his third pole position in as many races Pedrosa was in second position at the first corner behind Casey Stoner and stuck tightly to the new World Champion in the early stages.

However on the ninth lap Marco Melandri (Gresini Honda) managed to get in front of the Catalan rider and with the track temperature hitting 40 degrees, Pedrosa was expecting the heat to take its toll on the performance of his tyres as the race progressed.

Nonetheless the Michelin compounds on his RC212V were equal to the task, allowing the 22-year-old to set his fastest time on lap 17 and cross the finishing line third, just 2.326s behind race-winner Stoner.

Having had doubts about his race tyres beforehand, Pedrosa was pleasantly surprised by his pace in the second half of the Sepang contest, commenting: After a while when my petrol load was going down I started to feel more confident and I tried to improve my lap times, so I was all the time surprised about my lap times and my rhythm, so Im very happy about that. Im not so happy about third place, but we didnt expect it so its good for us.

The result was Pedrosas seventh podium finish of the season and maintains his outside chance of closing the gap on Valentino Rossi in second place in the World Championship, with a 24 point deficit to make up in the final race of the year.

Hayden meanwhile made a poor start from sixth on the grid and slipped to 11th on the first lap before staging a brief spirited comeback. The 2006 World Champion demonstrated front-running pace and made up several positions, but ran wide on lap 12 when attempting to pass Toni Elias for sixth place, and dropped back to 10th.

In typical determined fashion the 26-year-old American refused to give up and later overtook compatriot Colin Edwards, to eventually come home ninth.

After another anti-climax in what has been a long hard season for the Kentucky Kid, he commented: Its just frustrating because, the bike, the team and the package were all better than ninth place today and I just made a silly mistake which cost us a lot.

To see the full interviews of both Repsol Honda riders follow the video links on the left.

Tags:
MotoGP, 2007, POLINI MALAYSIAN MOTORCYCLE GRAND PRIX, Repsol Honda Team

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