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Home podium consoles Hayden after `career lowpoint´

Home podium consoles Hayden after `career lowpoint´

A first rostrum of 2008, at his home track, boosted Nicky Hayden´s spirits after a tough year for the American.

Nicky Hayden had an eventful home race at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, which concluded with the 2006 MotoGP World Champion taking his first podium of the year in the runner-up spot. The Repsol Honda rider even had the chance to lead the race in front of his local crowd, something that came as a big consolation after what he described as `the lowest point´ of his riding career.

`It was my home race, so obviously you want to try and get the win,´ said Hayden on his 12 lap stint leading the Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix. `I came here at what was probably the lowest point of my career –even though it probably hasn´t been so bad really- with how the results have been going in a bad year.´

`The Kentucky Kid´ was eventually caught by racewinner Valentino Rossi as the Italian pushed his way up to the front of the field, but Hayden still had space between himself and third placed Jorge Lorenzo. However, a five second gap between Hayden and Lorenzo was swiftly cut as the red flag was on the brink of making its appearance, and the former champion admitted that perhaps it would not have been possible for him to have finished the race had it have continued.

`In the beginning it was ok, but towards the end –when the wind started blowing- it got tough. There were new puddles from lap-to-lap, and for me the big problem was that I´d used a lot of the tyre when the conditions were dry,´ he explained.

`When it starts to rain again you need that tread pattern, and there wasn´t much left of mine. If they hadn´t have stopped it, then I´m not sure if I could have stayed on, because I was basically running a slick on part of the tyre.´

The Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix was Hayden´s first race back since suffering an injury to his heel over the summer break, and will be one of his final races as a Honda rider. He confirmed that he would be parting ways with the team at the end of the season in the pre-race press conference.

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MotoGP, 2008, RED BULL INDIANAPOLIS GRAND PRIX, Nicky Hayden, Repsol Honda Team

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