Hayden was naturally thrilled with his first ever World Championship podium appearance, which was only a matter of time in arriving after an excellent spell of form in recent races: “You got to crawl before you can walk! I've been moving up recently and starting to fight with the top guys over the last few races. I really wanted to get a legitimate podium and now I got one. We were all going at it out there; some real scrapping. It was good to lead my first GP. I wanted to go with Valentino and Capirossi but couldn't match their speed. I made a little mistake going through the stones kicked up where Bayliss fell and lost a few spots but I just kept working forward. I got Ukawa and then managed to get Gibernau on the last lap. I'm so happy and am real pleased my dad was here to see it.”
Humble Pie this guy Nicky. Good for the sport, especially the way he was riding Sunday (the last half of this season actually).
Keep it up and he will get Rossi's bike for next year.