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Pedrosa takes championship lead, Hayden finishes sixth

Pedrosa takes championship lead, Hayden finishes sixth

Repsol Honda rider Dani Pedrosa took a brilliant second-place finish at Shanghai to extend his World Championship lead to seven points.

Following a race-long battle with eventual winner Valentino Rossi, Dani Pedrosa maintained his 100% 2008 podium record in second place to go clear at the head of the general standings. His team-mate Nicky Hayden enjoyed a busy race during which he battled long and hard for a sixth place finish from tenth on the grid.

Dani Pedrosa - 2nd

`I´m very happy with today´s result. We had been expecting a wet race, so to get second today is fantastic and it´s 20 good points for the championship. I started a bit cautious during the early laps because I didn´t know what the track conditions were like, but then Valentino and I began to set an extremely fast pace. Lap by lap our rhythm got faster. I had the advantage through the middle section of the track, he had the advantage through the first and last sections. My Michelin tyres were working really well and we were riding at lap record pace all through the race. The wind was very strong today, so my engine was over-revving, which is why I decided to ride a little more conservatively in the final laps to secure second place and the world championship lead.

Nicky Hayden - 6th

`We knew starting tenth was never going to be easy. I crashed my number one bike in qualifying, then this morning I rode the other bike, so I started the race with the bike I´d crashed but it was fine. I got a really good start and a good first corner too, but I just couldn´t go with the lead group today. We had a huge tailwind on the back straightaway, so I was running out of gear. It made it so hard to get it stopped for the corner at the end of the straight, so a lot of guys were running wide. Mid-race I had a few problems, felt a few drops of rain, and my corner speed in the long corners wasn´t so good. Towards the end I changed a few little things with my lines and the traction control settings. I started to move forward and at the end I was going pretty good. There was a lot of good battling going on but it would´ve been better to have been battling for a better position. I didn´t give up, kept pushing and picked off a few guys near the end.´

Tags:
MotoGP, 2008, PRAMAC GRAND PRIX OF CHINA, Nicky Hayden, Dani Pedrosa, Repsol Honda Team

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