Nicky Hayden leaves the Sachsenring unhappy with the way race his race panned out after classifying eighth, half a minute behind Valentino Rossi's race-winning Yamaha. The Ducati rider had high hopes for the race following his fourth spot on the grid, which is his best qualifying result of the season.
But the day didn't get off to a good start when the American crashed his GP9 bike in the warm-up, and lost 10 places at the start of the race after being forced wide.
"I knew I needed to get a good start if I was going to do anything special today but I got into turn one hot and everybody came underneath me," said the 2006 world champion. "To be honest, after my crash in warm-up I started the race a little uptight because I didn't want to wreck another bike or throw away everything we have gained and learned this weekend. It wasn't the race we were looking for so I'm sorry to the team because the bike was capable of more here, I've just made a couple of mistakes this weekend.
"I don't want to apologize for trying too hard though because I knew I could do good here. It is hard to be patient when you have a sniff of the front and instead of taking things step by step like we have up to now I pushed my luck and we've paid the price. So I'm disappointed with the race but not with the weekend on the whole because we're up and running now and moving forward."