Pedrosa's Manager Blames Hayden for Collision Seen 'Round the World
interesting spin from a former rider
by dean adams
Thursday, October 19, 2006
Former GP rider turned manager and tutor, Alberto Puig, blames Nicky Hayden for the collision that put both Repsol Honda riders on the ground last Sunday and decimated Nick Hayden's championship points lead.
Pedrosa admitted in the official HRC post-race press release that he made a grave error in judgment when he took Hayden down but Puig seesor is that spins?it differently.
In a report on a Spanish web site (both Pedrosa and Puig are Spanish, as is team sponsor Repsol) Puig is quoted as saying, "Dani had a mathematical chance, so who would obligate him not to race? He crashed because the other rider [Hayden] braked early, and he had to turn in. If that didn't happen, he wouldn't have crashed."
(Soup wryly notes: as long as we're talking longshots, Loris Capirossi had a mathematical chance at the title too. All it would take is for North Korea to perform their next nuclear test on the Estoril grid.)
Puig, who acts both as Pedrosa's manager and mentor in racing, said, "The first thing Hayden had to do was get in front, which he hasn't done all year. I know it's terrible for Honda and for Nicky, but it could have happened to anyone."