Motegi MotoGP: Nicky Hayden unhappy with Yuki Takahashi

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American Nicky Hayden blasted home rookie Yuki Takahashi as his factory Ducati nightmare continued in Japan.

Scot Honda RC212V rider Takahashi torpedoed Hayden out of the 24-lap race at just the third corner, on board TV footage showing clearly that the Japanese rider was at fault.

Hayden aggravated the back injury he suffered in a 130mph qualifying high-side during the first race in Qatar and he said: “That was exactly what we didn’t need. I got a decent start and I think I was up a couple of positions but just going down into the hairpin, which is a slow hard-braking corner, I was on my line and Takahashi just took me down. There was no warning – I didn’t even hear anything! I don’t want to say much about that, I don’t want to look like a cry-baby but, you know, it was the first lap… luckily I feel okay. I actually landed in the same place on my back as the crash in Qatar and my leathers and helmet have got exactly the same marks. It’s a shame because this weekend I honestly felt we were making some progress. I felt we had better communication going on and we worked more comfortably from the first day. I know we were never looking at a great result but I felt I could have been competitive.”

Takahashi did apologise, though Hayden confirmed the sorry was a reluctant one as he called the former 250GP rider over as he was stretchered into an ambulance.
Takahashi said: “Out at the very beginnibg of the race… what a pity. Not only for the race itself, but especially because I needed to make laps to learn and improve. I was in a group of riders, more or less all of us at the same speed, then the collision happened under braking. I’m really sorry”.

Matthew Birt

By Matthew Birt