HAYDEN MISSES OUT ON SILVERSTONE PODIUM AS STONER FIGHTS BACK TO FIFTH Ducati Marlboro Team's engineers did an excellent job in this morning's warm-up to put Nicky Hayden and Casey Stoner in a position to challenge for podium finishes in this ...
HAYDEN MISSES OUT ON SILVERSTONE PODIUM AS STONER FIGHTS BACK TO FIFTH
Ducati Marlboro Team's engineers did an excellent job in this morning's warm-up to put Nicky Hayden and Casey Stoner in a position to challenge for podium finishes in this afternoon's British Grand Prix.
They missed out for differing reasons - Stoner paying the price for his bad start, leaving him in last place in the first corner - and Hayden making just a small mistake on the final lap to concede third place after fighting throughout the race for second.
Stoner made up ten positions to take fifth place but lost too much time when held up behind Dani Pedrosa to make a decisive attack at the end.
NICKY HAYDEN (Ducati Marlboro Team) 4th
"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. 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."
CASEY STONER (Ducati Marlboro Team) 5th
"I'm not happy with fifth place because we were capable of more today. 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. 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."
VITTORIANO GUARESCHI Team Manager
"Even though we didn't make the podium I think both Nicky and Casey had a good race today. Casey paid the price for a very bad start when the bike jumped as he let the clutch out but he put together a great fight back and only missed out on the podium because he ran out of time. Still, he made ten overtakes in a very determined performance. Nicky also paid a heavy price for the only small mistake he made at the end, missing the podium as a result, but he was up there again at a new circuit, working well with the team to find a good set-up."