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Hayden: “On the last corner I braked too hard and went wide"

Hayden: “On the last corner I braked too hard and went wide'

Aspar MotoGP Team’s Nicky Hayden finished the race in Argentina in 16th, after making a mistake at the final corner.

Nicky Hayden was close to repeat his feat from last weekend. In Austin, the Power Electronics Aspar rider had started the race from far back and put together a great comeback. Today, in Argentina, he took off from twentieth position on the grid, had some uncomfortable first laps, but managed to ride in a large group and manage his tires almost to the end. He had entered into the points-scoring positions, and could have been the best Open rider of the GP, but over-braking at the last corner saw him open the door to a number of riders who had been on his tail.  In the end, he crossed the line in sixteenth place, getting little reward for a great performance.

Nicky Hayden:
"Today I had a very hard race; my start was bad and on the early laps I was not riding well. Thankfully, afterwards I felt comfortable and I was able to climb several positions. But while I was riding a little faster than the other riders around me, I could not leave them behind. At first, with a full tank, I found it really hard to slow the bike down on the back straight, and that cost me several positions. As the race progressed I was riding with more confidence and I could position myself well. On the last lap I managed my best time in the second sector and greatly reduced the difference to the group that was battling to be the top Open rider. I even got up to twelfth, but on the last corner I braked too hard and went wide, which cost me some positions. It's frustrating to finish a race like that after we had done a good job, plus the team had worked so hard this weekend. We have learned a couple of things about the geometry that improve the bike’s handling, and we will have to continue working on them at Jerez."


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