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Hayden: I'm not happy with my lap times

Nicky Hayden admits he isn't happy with his showing on the new Ducati GP9 after ending the MotoGP pre-season test at Sepang rooted firmly in the lower reaches of the top ten.

Having spent much of the test trying to adapt to Bridgestone rubber following a lengthy tenure using Michelin tyres, Hayden once again found himself classified as the slowest factory representative in tenth position at the end of day three.

Blaming a lack of stability on the exit of corners, Hayden's cause wasn't aided when he suffered a tumble at turn two, a spill that prompted him to criticise the quality of the resurfacing work done there.

“We started out on the right foot again today and I managed to knock six tenths of a second off my best lap from yesterday,” he said. “Then in the early part of the afternoon I had a little crash in turn two, where to be honest they've done a bad job of resurfacing the track and it has caught a few riders out this week. Luckily I wasn't hurt."

Even so, Hayden was disappointed with his lap times, particularly as team-mate Casey Stoner was fastest of all.

“Obviously I'm not happy with my lap times, I was expecting more from myself, but I have to stay positive. I've improved my lap times every day and we have gathered a lot of data to work from in the next test.

“The fact Casey is already so fast means that the bike has the potential – it can only be a good thing that he is going so quick. The team is working hard and they are just as determined as I am to get the results, so that's a good thing.

“I wasn't too bad in the first two sectors but I was losing too much in T3 and T4, where the problem I'm having with the bike being unstable and unpredictable on the exit was the worst. The Bridgestones are really consistent and I was able to do my first long run on the Ducati without any tyre life problems.”

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Damo - Unregistered

February 07, 2009 4:49 PM
Last Edited 3030 days ago

Got his Ass whooped by the 250cc guy Mika Kallio. Huh . Marriage made in Heaven with Hayden and Ducati. Are you kidding me. yeah the Ducati will suit him. thats what the fans say. Just another Kenny Roberts JR. In for the sponsors money.

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