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F1Czech RepublicAugust 19, 2007
MotoGP World Championship Grand Prix Round 12
Czech Republic Grand Prix at Brno

Hayden Rewarded For His Efforts With Podium Place

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This was not a classic MotoGP race by any stretch, but a crowd of 141,000 watched Casey Stoner (Ducati) record his seventh win from 12 races as John Hopkins (Suzuki) finished a distant second and Nicky Hayden (Repsol Honda RC212V) managed a fighting third place here at Brno.

Nicky HAYDEN (Repsol Honda Team)

Dani PEDROSA (Repsol Honda Team)

With a 26-degree ambient temperature and a track at a moderate 35-degrees, the lights went out to signal the start of this 22-lap race. Stoner, from pole, immediately set about his task, cleanly leading the field into turn one.

By the end of lap one it was apparent that Stoner was unlikely to be troubled. Hopkins similarly, was edging out a gap over third-placed Hayden and by the end of lap two the leaders were turning in lap times in the low to mid 1m 58 second bracket – times the others found hard to match.

On lap five Stoner enjoyed a 1.1 second lead over Hopkins who in turn held Hayden and fourth-placed Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda RC212V) at bay quite comfortably. The action was all downfield as a fight for fifth place erupted between Loris Capirossi (Ducati), Valentino Rossi (Yamaha), Chris Vermeulen (Suzuki) and Randy de Puniet (Kawasaki).

On lap nine Rossi edged past Capirossi for fifth, but the former World Champion would shortly have to surrender that place to Vermeulen who had got into a rapid rhythm, carving his way past Capirossi on lap 12 and then taking Rossi on lap 14. On lap 16 Capirossi would retake Rossi for sixth.

Even de Puniet was in on the action and although he tried all he knew to get on terms with Rossi, he would remain just over half a second behind at the flag. By lap 18 the leaders were spread out along the 5.403km of Brno by these margins: Stoner by 4.7 seconds from Hopkins, who had 6.8 seconds over Hayden, who in turn bettered Dani in fourth by 2.3 seconds. It was not quite a procession – but nor was it a riveting race.

Perhaps the most significant feature of this weekend in the Czech Republic is the state of the World Championship points table with six rounds left to run. Stoner now has a 60 point lead over Rossi with 246 points to Rossi’s 186. Dani Pedrosa sits third with 168, while Suzuki riders Chris Vermeulen and John Hopkins have 124 points apiece.

Carlos CHECA (Honda LCR)

Andrea DOVIZIOSO (Kopron Team Scot)

Nicky Hayden, Repsol Honda: 3rd.
"Well I'm pretty happy with the podium and I feel like we've done a decent job this weekend. Yesterday afternoon we made quite a big change with the front forks and I liked the results a lot. When I got into third position on lap two of the race I was thinking 'now you've got to get on his back wheel' and for about three corners it was looking pretty good. But then I got onto the straight, looked up and realized that really I was just dreaming. So I just kept my rhythm and I really feel like I got the best out of the bike, myself and the tyres today - I don't feel like I left much on the table. So thanks to my team because those guys did a good job. Hopefully we can keep this form going and get a little bit stronger from now on. I'd also like to dedicate this podium to Cedric Laprael, the parts guy in the Repsol Honda Team, who isn't here this weekend because he had a parachuting accident during the summer break. Get well Cedric. The team's going to stay for a couple of days testing with some new parts from Honda and a lot of Michelin tyres so we can to try and bridge the gap to these front guys."

Dani Pedrosa, Repsol Honda: 4th.
"Fourth position is the maximum we could achieve today and at least I've closed the gap a little to second in the championship which is somewhat positive. Still, I'm frustrated after the race today because I didn't feel like we could use all the potential of our package. For the first few laps I couldn't get enough heat into the rear tyre which meant I wasn't able to maintain my position and I was passed by a few riders. Then after four or five laps I could feel more heat in the tyre but by this time the leaders had gone, and Nicky too. I pushed as hard as I could for the whole race but the lap times just weren't there and my pace was slowing steadily. I'm frustrated because we haven't made the improvements in the package I was hoping for. We must work hard during the test over the next two days. Obviously, to fight for the title is very difficult, but I'm not going to give up this season. We have to try to keep the third place in the championship and at the same time try to go forward into second."

Carlos Checa, LCR Honda: 10th.
“It seems a little strange to say it but I’m satisfied with tenth. The team has done a lot of hard work this weekend and I think we achieved as much as possible. Now we have a two day test. I was fighting with Guintoli and Elias and this was much more fun than riding alone – there was a lot of overtaking. On the engine side we are now in a good situation, but we still need to optimize chassis and tyres.”

Toni Elias, Gresini Honda: 11th.
“I was very tired at the finish of the race, it was much tougher than I expected, all the direction changes on this track didn’t help. For me it was very important to come back in time to race at Brno and I made it. Considering my condition 11th place is not so bad. The bike was very good but in my condition I could not push as hard as I needed to in order to test the latest modifications to the bike.”

Shinya Nakano, Konica Minolta Honda: 14th.
“All weekend we’ve had front-end chattering issues. We tried to fix this problem in warm-up this morning by trying a harder front tyre and we had a little less chattering but after few laps the problem returned and this meant that in the race we couldn’t push hard. It’s clear to us that the engine is smoother and has more potential, but with this turning problem we cannot use this potential. Tomorrow is a very important test for us to solve the problem of chatter and therefore find better turning ability and corner speed for the last part of the season when we really need to be getting improved results.”

Kurtis Roberts, KR212V: 15th.
“For some reason the thing bogged down off the line. I'd got a good jump, and it just died. That made life difficult, because instead of being able to pass (Makoto) Tamada and (Ivan) Silva in one lap and be done with them, it took a long time. Their bikes are so much faster right now than ours: I'd set 'em up and set 'em up, then block pass them, and they'd get me back on the drive out of the corner or up the hill. It just frustrates you. It took four or five laps when I should have been with Nakano up ahead. I struggled with tyres after that. I was catching Nakano, and I could tell he was having the same issues I was. Then it started chattering and sliding much worse. We just did all we could do to get 15th. We can only go round the corners so fast. We are still missing out on acceleration and top speed. Hopefully, some engine upgrades will come along soon.”

Chuck Aksland - Team Manager Team Roberts.
“We're all hoping to get some new engine bits eventually, but it sounds like the tyre / chassis combination was the biggest set-back today. Kurtis said he didn't really have too much grip, losing the front and pushing the thing around quite a bit, and spinning a lot. Hopefully the weather will co-operate and we'll get to test some tyres tomorrow or Tuesday. We need to find out which constructions and ompounds work best with our bike. Things have moved on since we have last been able to test some tyres and hopefully we can find a combination that works better then what we have now. We'd also like the opportunity to do some more back to back with the two chassis we have. There are differences between them, and the newer one should be better but we have not yet had a good chance to confirm that this is the case. The motor is what it is, but we should be able to improve our lap times by working on chassis and tyres.”

Marco Melandri, Gresini Honda: Marco did not race due to a trapped nerve.
“It was frustrating having to watch the race from the pit wall, especially having worked really hard over the summer to recover from the broken ankle. My neck has been in some pain ever since Laguna Seca but I never thought it would stop me from racing here at Brno. Unfortunately on Friday morning I had a hernia between the C5 and C6 vertebrae and I lost all strength in my left arm and hand. Now my only thought is to get fit as soon as possible and make sure I am ready to race again at Misano.”

Andrea Dovizioso, Kopron Scot Honda: 2nd.
“The new parts from Honda are very good and we are now closer to Lorenzo, but not quite close enough to make up the difference. In the first part of the race I could run very fast and I had a good rhythm. But when the rear started to slide I had to accept second. But I have lowered the track record of Dani Pedrosa. This is very important for me. This is not a track I like very much so I am satisfied with my race. Thanks to all my team for all the work they have done for me this weekend. We couldn’t do more but now we have the bike to fight for the win at the next races.”

Julian Simon, Repsol Honda: 8th.
“It was not a good race from me today. My start was not bad and I passed two riders and I was behind the group. But suddenly I started to feel a rear tyre problem and it was impossible to keep my pace and follow the group ahead. I’m a little disappointed with myself. I said sorry to my team because I have not been at my highest level this weekend. My start was not bad but from the beginning I was not able to follow the leading group. My pace was constant but not fast enough. In the last corner I was eighth but I made a mistake and missed a gear ran wide and lost one place. In general this weekend was better than recent races. Now we go to Misano where I hope for a better result.“

Ratthapark Wilairot, Thai Honda PTT-SAG: 16th.
"I had a poor start once again and I had to fight back on my own. By mid-race, the rear tyre lost some of its grip and it was really tough to cut the gap with the riders ahead of me. Trying to come back alone was quite complicated and when I eventually rejoined them, it was too late. With a decent start, things would have been different but it's too late to be sorry about that!" Yukio Takahashi, Kopron Scot Honda: dnf – crash.

Eugene Laverty, LCR Honda: dnf – electrical problem.
“It’ a pity the bike stopped with an electrical problem but I was still having big issues with the front-end in the race. Losing track time on Friday with a crash and the weather proved costly, I was trying to learn the track and find the right set up.”

Yuki Takahashi, Kopron Scot Honda: dnf – crash.
“I made a bad start that then I have been able to recover gaining a satisfying lap time and a good feeling with the bike. But unfortunately during the third lap I began to feel technical problems that made me loose control of my bike and I crashed out. I’m sorry and demoralized because I wanted to have a good race starting from the second row, with the aim to begin my recover. In two weeks we will be in Misano, my second home race where I’ll hope to gain some points, for me and for the team.”

Tito Rabat, Repsol Honda: 11th.
“My start was not so good because one rider nearly stopped and I had to close the gas. That left me in a slow group but I got to the front of the group and finished 11th in the end. I am not happy with this result both for myself and my Honda it has been a tough weekend for us. I have to say many thanks to my team, they have worked very hard for me this weekend.”

Bradley Smith, Repsol Honda: 13th.
“The start was not one of my best just OK but in the first corner I ran wide of the race line and that was my big mistake. Krummenacher ran off the track in front of me and his rear wheel threw up a lot of dust and stones and I lost a little concentration. Then I passed a few riders and caught the group in front of me and managed to leave them but I was braking too late into corners to stay ahead and nearly lost the front end nearly crashed in the first corner. I hope to make up for this with a better result in Misano.”

Alexis Masbou, FFM Honda: 14th.
“I’m globally satisfied with my race, knowing that I made a slight mistake in the opening lap. I was 18th within a pack of riders who were in my way, I was able to get away from them and catch the group in front of me.I then passed my immediate opponents to lead the pack with Bradley Smith. In the second half of the race, I diced with three riders: Bradley Smith, Esteve Rabat and Joan Olive. I really felt I could pass them but I wasn’t competitive enough on the brakes and lost the front in the last corner. It’s a pity, I could have finished 11th or 12th! But I am nevertheless satisfied with this battle and I will be working to improve on my qualifying position for the next Grand Prix, in Italy a fortnight from now.”

Mike Di Meglio, Kopron Scot Honda: 20th.
“I’m very angry for this result, I hoped it was better for me. At the start I collided with an other rider because he was very slow on the middle of the track. I avoided him by miracle! Then around 4th or 5th lap I began to feel chattering problems that prevented me to stay with the group. I’m not satisfied, I hope in the next round.”

Joey Litjens, Molenaar Honda: 24th.
“I got a very god start ad was racing for 19th place in the opening laps but I dropped back a little and was racing with Cardus and Terol. we were fighting for 22nd for the rest of the race. But I lost out on the run to the start finish line and had to settle for 24th. The bike was good today but the best Aprilia’s had too much power for me. It was a good race for me in one way because only two riders retired and one crashed, but I have to work on my race strategy..

Dino Lombardi, Kopron Scot Honda: 26th.
“Suddenly after the start I followed the group wake and in this way I improved my lap time. During the first part of the race I passed a lot of riders but when the tyres finished I was forced to slow down and drive by myself. I’m not completely dissatisfied about my performance, I made better lap time compared to one made on qualify and this is positive for me and make me confident for the next race.”

Danny Webb, Molenaar Honda: 28th.
“The team fixed all the electrical problems we had yesterday but the bike was not 100% but good enough. My start was good and I was in top 25 after the first couple of sections. but on the fast part of the track I started loosing places. After about five laps I was really focused and closed the gap on the group ahead of me and was fighting with Aegerter and I’m really pleased about eating him today.”

MotoGP World Championship Round 12
Czech Republic Grand Prix at Brno

1 Casey STONER (Ducati Marlboro Team)
2 John HOPKINS (Rizla Suzuki MotoGP)
3 Nicky HAYDEN (Repsol Honda Team)
4 Dani PEDROSA (Repsol Honda Team)
5 Chris VERMEULEN (Rizla Suzuki MotoGP)
6 Loris CAPIROSSI (Ducati Marlboro Team)
7 Valentino ROSSI (Fiat Yamaha Team)
8 Randy DE PUNIET (Kawasaki Racing Team)
9 Alex BARROS (Pramac d'Antin)
10 Carlos CHECA (Honda LCR)
11 Toni ELIAS (Honda Gresini)
12 Anthony WEST (Kawasaki Racing Team)
13 Sylvain GUINTOLI (Dunlop Yamaha Tech 3)
14 Shinya NAKANO (Konica Minolta Honda)
15 Kurtis ROBERTS (Team Roberts)

Nicky HAYDEN (Repsol Honda Team)
1 Jorge LORENZO (Fortuna Aprilia)
2 Andrea DOVIZIOSO (Kopron Team Scot)
3 Mika KALLIO (Red Bull KTM 250)
4 Hector BARBERA (Team Toth Aprilia)
5 Alvaro BAUTISTA (Master - Mapfre Aspar)
6 Hiroshi AOYAMA (Red Bull KTM 250)
7 Thomas LUTHI (Emmi - Caffe Latte Aprilia)
8 Julian SIMON (Repsol Honda 250cc)
9 Shuhei AOYAMA (Repsol Honda 250cc)
10 Roberto LOCATELLI (Metis Gilera)
11 Alex DE ANGELIS (Master - Mapfre Aspar)
12 Fabrizio LAI (Campetella Racing)
13 Aleix ESPARGARO (Blusens Aprilia)
14 Karel ABRAHAM (Cardion AB Motoracing)
15 Efren VAZQUEZ (Blusens Aprilia Germany)
1 Hector FAUBEL (Bancaja Aspar)
2 Mattia PASINI (Polaris World)
3 Lukas PESEK (Valsir Seedorf Derbi
4 Gabor TALMACSI (Bancaja Aspar)
5 Tomoyoshi KOYAMA (Red Bull KTM 125)
6 Pol ESPARGARO (Belson Campetella Aprilia)
7 Simone CORSI (Skilled Racing Team)
8 Michael RANSEDER (Ajo Motorsport)
9 Randy KRUMMENACHE (Red Bull KTM 125)
10 Sandro CORTESE (Emmi - Caffe Latte Aprilia)
11 Esteve RABAT (Repsol Honda 125cc)
12 Joan OLIVE (Polaris World)
13 Bradley SMITH (Repsol Honda 125cc)
14 Alexis MASBOU (FFM Honda GP 125)
15 Stefano BIANCO (WTR No Alcol Team)

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