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Hayden frustrated with last-lap error, Stoner laments bad start

Hayden frustrated with last-lap error, Stoner laments bad start

The Ducati Marlboro riders assessed their respective results of fourth and fifth at the AirAsia British Grand Prix at Silverstone.

Ducati Marlboro riders Nicky Hayden and Casey Stoner were left to wonder what could have been after finishing fourth and fifth at the AirAsia British Grand Prix at Silverstone on Sunday.

Hayden had looked like he would secure his first podium finish of the season as he went into the final lap in third place, but a small mistake from the American allowed compatriot Ben Spies through at Abbey Corner as he finished fourth for the fourth race this season.

“It’s a pretty frustrating result because the team did a great job with the bike after the warm-up and it was a lot of fun to ride,” explained Hayden. “Unfortunately I didn’t get a good start – we’ve been having some little clutch problems and didn’t get away well.”

“The race was really fun, everybody was going back and forth, I was able to make some moves in the corners but just didn’t really have the top speed in the straights. It’s hard for me to dress this result up because I’m not happy to finish fourth again but the good thing is we were in the hunt again. We did something good with the bike today so hopefully it will work at Assen, a circuit I love,” he concluded.

Stoner lost ten places after a bad start to the race saw him drop to the back of the field as the riders went into the first corner, but a superb ride from there onwards saw the Australian rise to fifth by the end.

“I’m not happy with fifth place because we were capable of more today,” said Stoner, who was left to speculate on what could have been had he gotten off to a better start. “I don’t know if we could have challenged Jorge for the win but we definitely found something in warm-up and made more improvements in the race, but we paid the price for a terrible start. As I let the clutch out the bike started jumping and hopping around and I had to pull the clutch in and go again, by which time everybody was past.”

He continued: “The tyres were fresh on before the warm-up lap so in the early laps I had to be really careful before being able to start overtaking and I lost a lot of seconds. The race then was fun, we were able to find a good rhythm and to make our way forward but the time lost at the beginning prevented us by fighting for the podium.”

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MotoGP, 2010, AIRASIA BRITISH GRAND PRIX, Casey Stoner, Nicky Hayden, Ducati Team

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