17 July 2008
Nicky Hayden's lap of Laguna Seca.
Double US Grand Prix winner Nicky Hayden talks through a lap of Laguna Seca, where he will be racing in front of his home fans this weekend...
"They call it the front straightaway but it's not really very straight. It's also got a little dip in it that leads into what is probably the most hairy place in MotoGP, turn one."
"It's fifth gear up over the hill. The bike wants to wheelie and both wheels come off the ground a little bit. You just wait for it to settle down on the back side of the hill and then open the throttle a bit before you backshift down into second gear."
Corners two and three:
"You kinda get into this corner too hot. Overcook it a little bit, then bring it back, square it up and try to get the power down on the exit."
"You have to be careful here on the first lap, make sure there's some heat in the front tyre. It's a really flat corner. You can't really make up a lot of time there, you just have to be smooth and get you're drive down to turn five."
"This is really fast corner that leads onto a straightaway, so it's important. It's a lot faster than it looks."
"Braking for this turn is a good place to pass and it's an uphill corner so you can carry a lot of speed in there. It's really important to get a good drive out of there and set yourself up for the uphill, blind, next turn."
"As you go up there and get on the brakes the bike gets quite loose and unweighted. There's a dip right in the middle of the turn and you have to wait for it to settle down, hit the dip and then open it up and carry speed all the way up the hill. It's a big blind hill that takes you up to what I think is the best corner in the world, The Corkscrew."
The Corkscrew (eight and nine)
"People know it just simply as the Corkscrew and there's nothing else in the world quite like it. It's going to be a bit different this year so looking forward to seeing if it's better or worse and what they've done. It all happens really quickly from here to home. You got to get it stopped, turn left and then flip it right. The thing really drops away so you've got to wait for it to load up and then start building speed. It's a lot of effort, the bike wants to pull to the left and you've really got to muscle it back to the right for Rainey Corner."
Rainey Corner (ten):
"This is probably my favourite corner. It's downhill but has got a bit of banking. It can be bumpy and there's definitely a good line to get through there and get the power down by using the camber to your advantage."
"This is so important because it leads you into the final corner, which is the best place to pass, so you've got to get through there clean and get a good run down into the hairpin."
"This is all braking, braking, braking and trying to keep the rear wheel on the ground. It's probably the easiest corner to crash at because it's quite bumpy and you trail brake for a long time. A lot of people get caught out there. I've done it too many times. Then out of there you get the bike lifted up, try to keep the front wheel down and accelerate as hard as you can up the hill."
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