American MotoGP racers Ben Spies and Nicky Hayden both suffered off-track excursions at the same corner this weekend at Motegi. In fact, they both went off-track almost simultaneously. For the TV viewer, it looked as if the Texan and Kentuckian had made contact on track that led to the run-off. However, post-race commentary from both of them made it clear that they ran off for different reasons. Hayden blamed himself for being too excited and going too deep, too fast into the turn. Spies, on the other hand, ran off-track to avoid running into the rear of Loris Capirossi.
Spies, who has been a fantastic rookie season on a non-factory Tech3 Yamaha bike, was able to recover 8 positions, going from 16th to an 8th place finish – quite an impressive recovery. Hayden, on the other hand, recovered 4 positions to finish 12th. Hayden’s Ducati teammate, Casey Stoner, walked away from the field for the victory.
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