Oakley's Young Superstar Nicky Hayden Repeats In US GP
Oakley’s Nicky Hayden may have won a lot more than the Red Bull U.S. GP this weekend; the Oakley Repsol Honda rider dominated his home race and takes another huge step to what could be his first MotoGP World Championship. Check out Hayden wearing THUMP 2™ with High Definition Optics® (HDO®) on the podium.
Although his teammate Dani Pedrosa finished second, the man that Hayden and everyone else thinks about every single time they start a race, Valentino Rossi. Velentino failed to finish the race though, after suffering from tire problems and then an engine failure late in the race. So after 11 rounds of the championship, Hayden now leads teammate Pedrosa by 34 points, 194-160, with Rossi dropping back to fourth in the title chase, 50 points behind Hayden.
Hayden took the lead on the 17th lap of the 32-lap race, diving up the inside of Rizla Suzuki’s pole sitter Oakley’s Chris Vermeulen in turn three. Vermeulen rode a masterful race and deserved better than fifth, his Suzuki losing power late in the race and finally stopping on the cool-down lap.
From there on Hayden rode unchallenged to the win, "It feels so great," Hayden, said. "This weekend has been a struggle and nothing went silky smooth from the start like last year. Qualifying was hard work and I didn’t know if we could get it done today. At the start, the pace was really fast and the track was coming apart, and I was getting roasted. I felt a lot of pressure coming in here and leading the championship by 26. I didn’t want to let the home team down."
"Only just made it to turn three after it cut out… it started to miss," Vermeulen said. "I don’t know what happened, but it kept losing power. At worse, I thought I would be third and get my first podium. It was losing power entering turns and locking the rear wheel."
The Oakley Marlboro Ducati of Loris Capirossi finished out a ruff struggling day in the eighth position with fellow Oakley Ducati teammate Sete Gibernau rounding out the tenth spot. This race was a very grueling hot race and to Sete’s defense this was his first race back from a shoulder surgery sustained a few weeks ago.
Moto GP Final: (Oakley Athletes in Red)
Nicky Hayden (Honda)
Dani Pedrosa (Honda)
Marco Melandri (Honda)
Kenny Roberts Jr (KR211V)
Chris Vermuelen (Suzuki)
John Hopkins (Suzuki)
Carlos Checa (Yamaha)
Loris Capirossi (Ducati)
Colin Edwards (Yamaha)
Sete Gibernau (Ducati)