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Hayden explains second row start and Toseland incident

Hayden explains second row start and Toseland incident

Heading the second row of the MotoGP grid in Portugal, Nicky Hayden was moderately satisfied with the Estoril qualifying session, but lamented missing out on what he thought was a prime opportunity to get onto the frontline.

Heading the second row of the MotoGP grid in Portugal, Nicky Hayden was moderately satisfied with the Estoril qualifying session, but lamented missing out on what he thought was a prime opportunity to get onto the frontline.

`Fourth isn´t the worst spot, but my ideal time would have had me third,´ said Hayden, whose time of 1'36.266 made him the first in the classification to clock a time outside that of Valentino Rossi´s pole record from 2006, smashed by those on the front row.

`Today I just couldn´t quite get it done. The weather was perfect and the wind wasn´t too bad, I just have to get an awesome start and get with the guys at the front´ he added, before extending an apology of sorts for a raising of tempers with Tech 3 Yamaha´s James Toseland.

`I had a pretty good lap going, but I had to follow Toseland through turn five which is the fastest corner and then down into the sixth I had to pass him. I think he must have been on a race tyre or something. It happens; I was mad at the time and acted like a baby,´ said `Trick Daddy´ after cooling down from the incident.

`He came to my box and was sorry and I was just being a baby at that point. I didn´t want to hear sorry and especially from him. I kind of acted like a punk, but it happens. There´s no drama, we´ve just got to make it work tomorrow.´

Hayden lines up on the same row as Toseland tomorrow, separated by the Briton´s Tech 3 Yamaha teammate Colin Edwards. Whilst both will undoubtedly have moved on from today´s clash, a take-no-prisoners style is typical of both riders, and could make for an interesting first corner.

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MotoGP, 2008, bwin.com GRANDE PREMIO DE PORTUGAL, Nicky Hayden, Repsol Honda Team

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