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Top American no consolation for Hayden

Top American no consolation for Hayden

The Ducati Team rider finished fifth in his home race, the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix, but was not satisfied with the result.

Nicky Hayden was left frustrated by his fifth place finish at Laguna Seca on Sunday, having missed out on a podium spot by 1.181s in his home GP. The Ducati Team rider was hopeful of his first top-three finish of 2010 at a circuit he won at in 2005 and 2006, but found his attempts to push for such a result hindered.

“Fifth place here doesn’t feel good enough. I got a terrible start, like in the last three or four races, and it’s a problem where the bike almost dies. I lost a lot of positions and my pace was missing something to go with those guys,” explained Hayden.

“At the end I was able to bring them back a little bit, my last few laps were basically my qualifying pace, and I was over the limit. I just needed Rossi and Dovizioso to cross one another one time. To try and get on the podium would have been great!”

It was not through a lack of trying from either Hayden or his team that he missed out on a top three. He continued: “I rode hard and overall the bike was better in the race than it has been all weekend, the team helped me a lot in turn one so a big thanks to them. I know those first two years (2005 and 2006) at Laguna were a lot more fun!”

Hayden did come out on top in a fine battle with Ben Spies for the honour of finishing the race as the top American rider, but it was of little consolation to him.

“I made a couple of little mistakes early on but the bottom line is I took fifth and I’m not going to make any excuses – nobody has the perfect bike or race,” he said. “To be a second or so within the podium again is not good, so we can’t be happy with that. We can say the team tried hard and I rode hard today… there wasn’t a lot left in me.”

MotoGP, 2010, RED BULL U.S. GRAND PRIX, Nicky Hayden, Ducati Team

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