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MotoGPMalaysiaSeptember 25, 2005
MotoGP World Championship Grand Prix Round 4
Malaysia Grand Prix at SEPANG

Hayden Takes A Fighting Fourth Place at Sepang

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Nicky Hayden (Repsol Honda RC211V) finished just shy of the podium places riding to a fighting fourth place in front of 47,000 race fans here at a sweltering Sepang. Hayden set the first fastest lap of his career so far after challenging for the lead in the early stages of the race.



Nicky HAYDEN (Repsol Honda Team)


Marco MELANDRI (Team Movistar Honda MotoGP)


Marco Melandri (Team Movistar Honda RC211V) rode to fifth place – an especially rugged ride taking into account his badly cut foot. But he was not quite fit enough to stay with the leaders or eventual winner Loris Capirossi (Ducati). Valentino Rossi (Yamaha) finished second and Carlos Checa (Ducati) was third. Max Biaggi (Repsol Honda RC211V) was sixth.

The 21-lap race got off to a frantic start as riders funnelled into turn one with Capirossi getting the better of his front row rivals with a clean exit that gained him at least ten meters. Checa was pushed wide on the exit of the turn and had to make up early ground to get back on terms with the front-runners.

And he wasn’t the only rider pushing to stay in touch with the leaders. Sete Gibernau (Team Movistar Honda RC211V) continued his wretched season when he crashed out on lap three while trying to carve through the field, and the Spanish star also took out Shinya Nakano (Kawasaki) in the crash.

The early race order was Capirossi, Melandri, Hayden, Rossi before Nicky began his charge to second putting in a fastest lap of the race of 2 minutes 02.993 s on lap three. He put pressure on Capirossi for the lead by lap five but couldn’t make it past the Italian despite massive efforts.

Rossi was soon the man taking up the challenge to the leader. He passed Nicky for second and then began to attack Capirossi. Nicky then lost third to Checa while Capirossi responded to the Rossi threat in the closing laps, extending his lead from 0.7 seconds on lap 17 to 1.2 seconds by lap 19.

Checa was now intent on stealing second place from Rossi and he relentlessly bore down on the World Champion in the final stages only to lose out by seven hundredths of a second as they crossed the line.

With the track temperature at 50 degrees and ambient temperature at 38 degrees this was always going to be a hard race and so it proved. Every effort to close the gap made by Capirossi’s pursuers took its toll and all the challengers were forced to back off, unable to sustain or remount a challenge. Such was the rapid Italian’s mastery on the day.

Nicky, in fourth, said, “The first few laps were fun. There were guys going for it everywhere. I think I got hit by Sete at one stage and I lost a bit of the tyre in the center that caused a little chatter. The bike came a long way this weekend – my guys did a great job. I couldn’t hold the pace in the end but I tried my hardest and tried to hold onto the podium. The tyre I ran today was a lot better than I’ve had all weekend. Michelin did a great job to give us something for the race.”

Melandri, a fighting fifth, said, “I am so tired… We worked on the rear end of the bike for the race because it was painful for me to push down on the rear brake but in changing that we lost a bit of feel at the front. Because of the problems under braking the bike was sliding a lot on the exit but luckily from the halfway stage onwards, with less fuel and weight on board the bike, I found my rhythm and pushed a little.”

“I’m really sorry that I’ve failed to finish the race again, said Sete. “There’s not much else to say. We had a good warm-up this morning but once again we’ve been unable to finish things off in the right way on Sunday. All I can say about the crash is that I’m sorry. I tried to pass Nakano on the inside on the brakes but my front brake lever made contact with him and I lost the front-end.”

Sixth-placed Max said, “Sometimes when things are not right you have to work even harder to make the points and just to get home. Today I made it back with a machine that doesn’t go the way I want although Erv and my team tried so hard. We still have second place in the World Championship and this is a position I will defend right till the end of the season with all my spirit.”

Alex Barros (Camel Honda RC211V) finished eighth and said, “Today I had to ride a defensive race. I was behind Roberts and I stayed there, blocked. I only tried once to pass him and I ran wide, risking crashing. Every time I braked the bike didn’t stop, it jumped. There was no grip at the front and that meant I couldn’t attack to make up places. Probably with this heat everyone had a few difficulties and there are times you can ride through the problems, but this wasn’t one of them.”

Makoto Tamada (Konica Minolta Honda RC211V) struggled to 12th. The Japanese star said, “Our weekend didn’t start well and it finished that way too. Due to crashes in the first two days during practice, we didn’t get our RC211V set up right. Today I did what was possible, but I couldn’t push it any more. I’m very sad for my team who’ve done everything to give me a competitive bike. Let’s close this page of the season and think about the future. In seven days in Qatar we’ll have to do much better. It’s never my intention to give up.”

Shane Byrne, standing in for the injured Troy Bayliss (Camel Honda RC211V), managed 14th place. He said “Having got to the end of this weekend I can safely say that I expected fewer problems, but I quickly changed my opinion, after the first practice. Probably if these two races were in Europe it would have been a bit easier for me, but that’s not the case. The team has done a fantastic job, and in the end I’m quite satisfied to have finished the race and to have not committed any serious errors.”

Rossi is now World Champion and the fight is on for the runner-up slot. Biaggi has 159 points, Capirossi 142, Colin Edwards (Yamaha) 139, Melandri 137 and Hayden 134. It will be an even closer battle now with just four races to go.

World Championship points leader Dani Pedrosa (Team Movistar Honda RS250RW) crashed out of the 250cc race on the second lap while holding third place. His Championship rival Casey Stoner won the race from Alex de Angelis, Sebastian Porto was third (all Aprilia).

With Dani out of the running early no one had the pace to challenge Stoner and even the on-form Hiroshi Aoyama (Team Movistar Honda RS250RW) couldn’t make an impression on the front men. He finished fifth, just over ten seconds adrift of the winner.

With Jorge Lorenzo (Fortuna Honda RS250RW) suspended for this race, it was a chance for his team-mate Hector Barbera (Fortuna Honda RS250RW) to match his second-best result of the season with another sixth place as he gets to grips with a 250 after cutting his teeth on 125s.

Yuki Takahashi (Scot Racing Team Honda RS250RW) finished seventh while his teammate Andrea Dovizioso (Scot Racing Team Honda RS250RW) crashed out on the first lap.

Dani said, “It was an unexpected an unnecessary crash that I still can’t explain it. I was riding carefully, allowing Stoner and De Angelis to set their pace because they were running fast. I didn’t feel comfortable with the bike, which was sliding a lot. When I arrived at the corner I went in as normal, let go of the brakes and when I went to open the gas I lost the front end and couldn’t hang on. It’s a shame because this weekend had got gradually better after a few days of rest, but it’s my fourth crash in just over a week.”

Aoyama said, “There wasn’t much grip on the track, the engine temperature was higher and it wasn’t as strong as it had been in practice. I saw Dani crash in front of me and it scared me a little because I wasn’t that comfortable either. I decided not to push too hard and just finish in the best possible position.”

Takahashi said, “I started from the back of the grid and when Debon crashed on the first lap, I had to brake to dodge him and lost some positions. On the tenth lap when Locatelli passed me I got into his slipstream improving my time and position till I was seventh. I’m satisfied with this result after a low-key performance this weekend. We changed the set-up for the race taking some risks – but it was the right choice.”

Dovi said, “I didn’t make a good start and at the first corner Aoyama, who was in front of me, slammed on the brakes: I had to brake too hard to and I lost the rear end. The lack of points is not too bad because Pedrosa hasn’t scored any points, either.”

The World Championship now takes on a greater tension with Dani’s lead now reduced to 38 points with four races to go. The table looks like this: Pedrosa 226, Stoner 188, Dovizioso 144, Aoyama 134.

Tough Thomas Luthi (Elit Grand Prix Honda RS125R) won the 125cc race with a stirring ride from pole position despite carrying injuries from his heavy Motegi crash last weekend. Mika Kallio (KTM) was second and Mattia Pasini (Aprilia) third.

Luthi powered into the lead from the off and by the halfway stage the young Swiss had built up a 1.4 second lead. But Kallio slowly reeled him in and with nine laps to go Luthi’s advantage was down to just under a second.

It looked as if the punishment of 19 laps of this demanding 5.548km track in searing heat would be too much for Honda’s injured World Championship points leader, but Luthi showed real steel to hold off a determined Kallio to win by the slenderest of margins at the flag – just two thousandths of a second.

Luthi said, “It’s been a very difficult week after my crash. I tried everything to be able to ride here, to qualify and to race, but huge thanks must go my team because my bike was a wreck after the crash at Motegi and this weekend it was fixed and it was perfect.”

Fabrizio Lai (Kopron Racing World Honda RS125RW) finished seventh while Tomoyoshi Koyama (Ajo Motorsport Honda RS125R) rode into the top ten in tenth position. He said, “My start was good and I recovered a lot of positions in the first corners, but a mistake on the second lap kept me far away from the leaders. My engine was not so powerful today and I wasn’t able to get to the three KTMs in front of me. But I managed seventh position after fighting with Simoncelli and Di Meglio.”

Koyama said, “My start wasn’t so bad, but in the first three laps I felt the suspension was too hard and I lost a few places. Then from lap four I began to feel good with the bike and got faster. I was with Poggiali and we caught the second group. In the slipstream my engine ran hot, it was up to over 60 degrees at one stage, so I stayed beside Poggiali to keep the temperature down. Those first few laps cost me some positions at the end.”

The World Championship points table now shows Luthi on 189, Kallio with 181, then Gabor Talmacsi (KTM) slipping out of title contention on 131, followed by Pasini in fourth overall with 127 points. There are now four rounds of the series to go with a maximum 100 points available.



Max BIAGGI (Repsol Honda Team)


Alex BARROS (Camel Honda)


Nicky Hayden, Repsol Honda Team, 4th:
“The first few laps were kinda’ fun really. There were guys going for it everywhere. I think I got hit by Sete at one stage and I lost a bit of the tyre right it the centre that caused a little chatter. The bike came a long way this weekend – my guys did a great job. I couldn’t hold the pace in the end. I tried my hardest and tried to hold onto the podium but it wasn’t to be. The tyre I ran today was a lot better than I’ve had all weekend. Michelin did a great job to give us something for the race – really gave us a chance to fight. Fourth is not what I wanted but I learned a lot in the race – mixing it with Valentino, Capirossi and Checa.”

Marco Melandri, Movistar Honda MotoGP, 5th:
“I am so tired… the foot wasn't too painful but the area around the cut is much more sensitive to the heat and I almost burnt it. We worked really well with the rear end for the race because it was painful for me to push down on the rear brake but with that we lost a bit of feel for the front. Because of the problems under braking the bike was also sliding a lot on the exit but luckily from the halfway stage onwards, with less fuel and weight on board the bike, I found my rhythm and pushed a little. I'm happy with this result because it was unthinkable that a race could end this way a few days ago. I want to thank all the Clinica Mobile doctors for all their help.”

Max Biaggi, Repsol Honda Team, 6th:
“I remember so well being at this track back in February when I limped onto the factory RCV for the first time, recovering from my broken foot. I was very high on emotion and we were fast on the bike. Sure it was not perfect but it was the start of the year and we had time before the season started to make a good package. When we arrived here we are in a bad shape with the bike. It is not the same machine as it was at the start of the year. As this weekend passed it seems to get worse. In the race there were times when I nearly crashed. Sometimes when things are not right you have to work even harder to make the points and just to get home. Today I make it back with a machine that does not go the way I want and me and my team under Erv tried so hard. We still have second place in the championship and this is a position I will defend right till the end of the season with all my spirit.”

Alex Barros, Camel Honda, 8th:
“Today I had to ride a defensive race, without being able to attack. I was behind Roberts and I stayed there, blocked. I only tried once to pass him and I ran it wide, risking crashing. Every time I braked the bike didn’t stop, it jumped, there was no grip at the front and that meant I couldn’t attack to make up places. Probably with this heat everyone had a few difficulties and there are time you can ride over the problems, but this was not really possible on this occasion. I tried to finish the race without crashing, because I didn’t want to do as I did in Motegi and I managed that, but I can’t be happy with eighth place.”

Makoto Tamada, Konica Minolta Honda, 12th:
“Our weekend didn’t start well and so it finished. Due to the slips in the first two days during practice, we didn’t make it to properly adjust our RC211V. Today I have done what possible, but I couldn’t make it to find the right feeling to push it more. I’m very sad also for my Team that has done everything to give me a competitive bike. Let’s close this page of the season and let’s think about the future. In seven days in Qatar we’ll have to do much better. It’s not my intention to give up.”

Shane Byrne, Camel Honda, 14th:
“Having got to the end of this weekend I can safely say that I expected fewer problems, but I quickly changed my opinion, after the first practice. Probably if these two races were in Europe it would have been a bit easier for me, but that’s not the case and I have to do the best I can. The team has done a fantastic job, and in the end I’m quite satisfied to have finished the race and to have not committed any serious errors. Running wide in a corner at the beginning meant I lost contact with the small group in front of me, and I couldn’t get back up there. On the last lap I did manage to enjoy myself battling with Xaus though. With a race under my belt I hope to get off to a better start in Qatar and to take a better result.”

Sete Gibernau, Movistar Honda MotoGP: DNF
“I'm really sorry that I've failed to finish the race again - there's not much else to say. We had a good warm-up this morning but once again we've been unable to finish things off in the right way on Sunday. All I can say about the crash is that I'm sorry. I tried to pass Nakano on the inside on the brakes but made contact with my front brake lever and lost the front end.”

MotoGP World Championship Grand Prix Round 4
Malaysia Grand Prix at SEPANG


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MotoGP
1 Loris CAPIROSSI (Ducati Marlboro Team)
2 Valentino ROSSI (Gauloises Fortuna Yamaha)
3 Carlos CHECA (Ducati Marlboro Team)
4 Nicky HAYDEN (Repsol Honda Team)
5 Marco MELANDRI (Team Movistar Honda MotoGP)
6 Max BIAGGI (Repsol Honda Team)
7 Kenny ROBERTS (Team Suzuki MotoGP)
8 Alex BARROS (Camel Honda)
9 John HOPKINS (Team Suzuki MotoGP)
10 Colin EDWARDS (Gauloises Yamaha Team)
11 Toni ELIAS (Fortuna Yamaha Team)
12 Makoto TAMADA (KOINICA MINOLTA Honda Team)
13 Roberto ROLFO (D'Antin MotoGP)
14 Shane BYRNE (Team Roberts)
15 Ruben XAUS (Fortuna Yamaha Team)
 
250cc
1 Casey STONER (Carrera Sunglasses - LCR)
2 Alex DE ANGELIS (MS Aprilia Italia Corse)
3 Sebastian PORTO (Aprilia Aspar 250cc)
4 Randy DE PUNIET (Aprilia Aspar 250cc)
5 Hiroshi AOYAMA (Telefonica Movistar Honda 250)
6 Hector BARBERA (Fortuna Honda)
7 Yuki TAKAHASHI (Team Scot)
8 Roberto LOCATELLI (Carrera Sunglasses - LCR)
9 Sylvain GUINTOLI (Equipe GP de France - Scrab)
10 Taro SEKIGUCHI (Campetella Racing)
11 Dirk HEIDOLF (Kiefer-Bos-Castrol Honda)
12 Chaz DAVIES (Aprilia Germany)
13 Mirko GIANSANTI (Matteoni Racing)
14 Steve JENKNER (Nocable.it Race)
15 Martin CARDENAS (Aprilia Germany)
 
125cc
1 Thomas LUTHI (Elit Grand Prix)
2 Mika KALLIO (Red Bull KTM GP125)
3 Mattia PASINI (Totti Top Sport - NGS)
4 Hector FAUBEL (Master Aspar)
5 Gabor TALMACSI (Red Bull KTM GP125)
6 Julian SIMON (Red Bull KTM GP125)
7 Fabrizio LAI (Kopron Racing World)
8 Manuel POGGIALI (Metis Racing Team)
9 Marco SIMONCELLI (Nocable.it Race)
10 Tomoyoshi KOYAMA (Ajo Motorsport )
11 Mike DI MEGLIO (Kopron Racing World)
12 Lukas PESEK (Metis Racing Team)
13 Pablo NIETO (Caja Madrid - Derbi Racing)
14 Alexis MASBOU (Ajo Motorsport)
15 Aleix ESPARGARO (Seedorf RC3 - Tiempo Holidays)
 

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