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Day of late decisions for Repsol Honda

Day of late decisions for Repsol Honda

Some last-minute choices defined raceday for Dani Pedrosa and Nicky Hayden on the Rimini coast.

Repsol Honda´s raceday was marked by two choices made by their riders. Dani Pedrosa elected to change tyre compounds on the grid just before the start of the race, whilst Nicky Hayden pulled out in the morning as a result of his foot injury.

Dani Pedrosa - Fourth

`That was a definitely a very physically tough race for everyone. It was very hot, much hotter than yesterday. Anyway, I can say I´m quite happy with the result. I didn´t expect to finish fourth at the end. We had some trouble during the second half. We had two different rear tyres to choose from and I only made the choice on the grid. I went for the softer of the two tyres, thinking to gain some advantage during the early stages of the race. Obviously it wasn´t the best option. But we had a much better race than we had at Brno and I did my best, so I am quite happy.´

Nicky Hayden - Withdrawal

`This wasn´t an easy decision. I love to race and the racer in me wanted to race, but in this kind of situation it's better to listen to the experts. The heel got worse as the weekend went on. I was sixth on Friday morning but I kept working my way backward after that, the more I rode, the more strength I lost in the foot. When I woke up this morning I had a lot of swelling and bruising, there wasn´t any way the foot was going to fit in a boot. The team and I took the decision to try and be smart, to try to let it heal as best it can to get it ready for Indy, which is a huge race for me. I felt I could have salvaged a little something out of today's race but that was just going to make things worse for Indy and for the rest of the season.´

MotoGP, 2008, GP CINZANO DI SAN MARINO E DELLA RIVIERA DI RIMINI, Dani Pedrosa, Nicky Hayden, Repsol Honda Team

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