The MotoGP race had been over for an hour and a half, but Hayden’s pain was still fresh. A tailwind and early braker sent Hayden off the track in Turn 5 on the second lap, with fellow Yank Ben Spies also running long. By the time Hayden got back on the track, he was so far behind the last rider he couldn’t even see him. Then began a long march to recover points. By the end of the 24-lap race, held in warm sunshine before a crowd of over 40,000, Hayden was 12th. Spies made it up to eighth.