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Hayden: “I am annoyed with myself”

Hayden: “I am annoyed with myself”

Nicky Hayden admits to being frustrated after making a number of mistakes and crashing out of the Gran Premi Monster de Catalunya.

Hayden did not have a great race, the Kentucky rider forced into the gravel to avoid a collision on the opening lap and then crashing himself on the fourteenth lap in turn five.

Nicky Hayden: “It was a difficult race, not helped by a bunch of mistakes. At the start of the warm-up lap the launch control was acting strange, so I was unsure whether to use it or not for the start. In the end I got a decent start but I had a bad first lap and ran into the gravel on turn four trying to avoid two riders. Once I got back on track I could feel the rear tyre sliding around all over the place, then we must have had an electronics problem because the engine stopped. The marshals helped me to rejoin the race but I was a long way behind. I just tried to keep a constant pace to the end but unfortunately at half-distance I crashed in turn five. I want to apologise to the team and the sponsors for making two mistakes in less than fifteen laps. I am annoyed with myself because I feel that we had a good chance this weekend to come away with a good result. When we tested after the race at Jerez it was really positive so hopefully tomorrow's test can provide us with some good information to keep improving.”


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