Hayden takes blame for final lap clash
19 August 2013 – Outgoing Ducati rider Nicky Hayden has accepted responsibility for his clash with team-mate Andrea Dovizioso during a frenetic end to the Indianapolis Grand Prix.
Having been involved in a race-long tussle for eighth position, Hayden lunged up the inside of the Italian at the last corner on the final lap. The pair then made significant contact and ran over the exit kerbs, allowing Tech 3 rival Bradley Smith to slip through.
Hayden, who ultimately beat Dovizioso to the line for ninth, admitted he was largely at fault for the accident, explaining: "He really pushes and doesn’t make many mistakes. We went back and forth a lot, and then in the last corner on the last lap, we had contact, which was my fault. When the door started to close, I was committed and didn’t want him to take out my front wheel. Unfortunately, Smith beat us to the line."
Dovizioso understandably aired his frustration after the race, but asserted that he has already drawn a line under the matter ahead of this weekend's Czech Grand Prix.
"He wanted to get by me at any cost, using a really aggressive manoeuvre," he said. "I didn’t expect it because I hadn’t left the door open. Nicky came beside me and we touched, and it certainly wasn’t a safe move, but we can say it was a racing incident.
"We were called to Race Direction because of course it’s important to talk about these things. I’m quite annoyed to have lost two positions; I also wanted to keep Smith behind me. Still, there’s no sense in creating controversy, so for me it’s over."