Hayden wins Assen TT

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Nicky Hayden has snatched victory from Colin Edwards at the Assen GP extending his championship lead.

Edwards looked set to take his first win in MotoGP and was leading Hayden in to the last corner but the pair were working so hard that both of them ran off the track with Edwards coming off his bike while Hayden managed to recover and take his first win of the season and extend his championship lead to 42 points. Click here for your next bike Shinya Nakano was promoted to second place on his Kawasaki finally getting the reward for his consistently strong qualifying, with Dani Pedrosa claiming the final place on the podium after a long battle to get through the pack.

Despite doubts that he would ride after quiting qualifying early as a result of previous injuries Valentino Rossi managed climb from last on the grid to hold on to eighth place, limiting the damage to his championship hopes.

Ducati Rider Loris Capirossi wasn't as lucky. The Italian was obviously in tremendous pain and only managed to keep Ivan Silva and Jose Luis Cardoso behind him.

Final positions:

Nicky HAYDEN 42'27.404

Shinya NAKANO 42'32.288

Dani PEDROSA 42'34.929

Casey STONER 42'34.959

Kenny ROBERTS JR 42'35.482

John HOPKINS 42'44.469

Marco MELANDRI 42'45.494

Valentino ROSSI 42'56.431

Chris VERMEULEN 42'59.031

Makoto TAMADA 43'00.245

Alex HOFMANN 43'01.547

Colin EDWARDS 43'07.816

Randy DE PUNIET 43'31.052

Loris CAPIROSSI 43'44.707

Ivan SILVA 43'14.455

Jose Luis CARDOSO 42'30.046

DNF

James ELLISON

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