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Q&A: Nicky Hayden.

The first ten races of the 2005 MotoGP season have seen Repsol Honda's Nicky Hayden recover from a slow start to claim his first ever grand prix victory, at his home Laguna Seca race, then notch-up his second podium of the season at the German Grand Prix last time out.

Just before he went on holiday, Hayden spoke briefly about his season so far and his hopes for the remaining seven races...

What are your plans for the holidays?

Nicky Hayden:
I'm going straight to the US. I got a lot to do and the first thing is trying to organise my time. I'll spend holidays at home, we all need some holidays and I'm going to spend them with my folks. It's not really going to be holidays but I'll try to disconnect a bit, relax and get ready for the next race.

Do holidays mean taking a total break or will you going to continue working-out?

Nicky Hayden:I'll obviously continue working out - it's really important to do some exercise in order not to loose shape. I guess I'll go bicycle riding with my brothers, that's a good way to keep in shape and have fun. I'll also go to the gym and do some motocross on the track at home to keep in 'motorbike shape'.

Do you miss racing during the holidays?

Nicky Hayden:
A bit, yes. It's hard not to think about it if you like it so much. A couple of days after you start holidays you are already looking forward to getting back on the track. I'm glad it's only three weeks.

Your thoughts after the first half of the 2005 season?

Nicky Hayden:
We've been progressing, but I really hoped that it would be a bit better. China, Portugal and Donington, were bad races, with a lot of rain. If it weren't for those races I would be much better placed in the championship. If I would have held on three more laps, I could be second in the championship… Anyway, I'm happy because we've been moving forward. You always want to do it better, be more competitive, score more points, win, but I'm happy because I've learned a lot.

I think we all know, but what has been the highlight so far?

Nicky Hayden: Without doubt my first victory, especially being at Laguna Seca. It was a really special moment.

And the worst?

Nicky Hayden:
I'd say the Estoril race. I felt really bad that weekend. The first two races of the season were hard for me; the crashes made me feel very low. But now we've taken off and I hardly think about them.

Your thoughts for the rest of the season?

Nicky Hayden:
Definitively another victory. I need to win again to show that Laguna Seca was no one-off. I had a feeling I would do it at Sachsenring but I didn't, although I was pretty close.

If you could ask for anything new at Brno, what would it be?

Nicky Hayden:
I'd ask for more races. This first half of the season has passed much too fast, there are only seven races left! I'd like to go back to Laguna or maybe Germany before finishing the season.

Related Pictures

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Hayden`s 24th birthday cake, German MotoGP. 2005
Hayden slides and smokes the rear. German MotoGP, 2005
Hayden, Rossi, Barros, Gibernau, German MotoGP, 2005
Kyle Smith, Aegerter, Hook on Suzuka podium (pic: TSR)
Smith at Suzuka 8 Hours (pic: Yamaha)
Espargaro at Suzuka 8 Hours (pic: Yamaha)
Smith, Espargaro, Nakasuga celebrate Suzuka win (pic: Yamaha)
Casey Stoner at Suzuka 8 Hours (pic:
Smith, Espargaro, Nakasuga win Suzuka (pic: Yamaha)
Casey Stoner at Suzuka (pic: Musashi)
Pol Espargaro at Suzuka 8 Hours (pic: Yamaha)
Bradley Smith tests for Suzuka (pic: Yamaha)
Pol Espargaro tests for Suzuka (pic: Yamaha)
Pol Espargaro tests for Suzuka (pic: Yamaha)
Smith, Espargaro, Nakasuga ready for Suzuka 8 Hours (pic: Yamaha)
Marc Marquez tests at Misano (pic: Honda)
Dani Pedrosa tests 2016 Honda (pic: Honda).
Bradley Ray (GBR), FTR Moto2, Moto2, [Credit: Bonnie Lane]

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