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Hayden sets sights on improved 2010

Nicky Hayden begins his preparations for 2010 with a decent showing during post-season testing at Valencia
Nicky Hayden says he can look forward to next season in 'really positive spirits' after making good strides during post-season testing at Valencia.

Although Hayden finished his first year with Ducati down in a lowly 13th position overall, the American maintains that bad luck – one which saw him eliminated on the opening lap on three occasions – prevented him from finishing higher.

Furthermore, Hayden enjoyed something of a flourish towards the end of the year as he regularly challenged well inside the top ten, culminating in five top six results during the second-half of the year.

Completing three days of testing in Spain, Hayden didn't stray outside the top five as he worked on a series of revisions made to the Desmosedici GP9. Happy with the progress made, Hayden is looking forward to a renewed effort in 2010.

“We worked on confirming a few things today and I think we found what we were looking for. I like the changes we've introduced to the bike, the power delivery is definitely more progressive although we still need to find the ideal setting for it. I got my lap times down by a couple of tenths today, thanks to the new Bridgestone tyres, which are great.

“I'm happy – I think we're on the right tracks and we have had three important days here that should help us make a lot of progress in the next test and close the gap to the front guys down even more. I want to thank the team because it is never easy after such a demanding season and a long weekend to go testing for three days.

“So thanks to all my mechanics and to my brother Tommy for being here with me, and everybody working back at Ducati. I think we can all be proud of the progress we have made this season and look ahead to next year in really positive spirits.”

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Gonzo - Unregistered

November 12, 2009 11:04 AM

Hayden has done a far better job than Melandri did thats for sure. And with the new user friendly engine he might actually become a contender again..

FooAtari - Unregistered

November 12, 2009 11:47 AM

Kenlucky, what do you have to say about the riders that finished behind Hayden in the last race? What do you want, a four rider grid or something? Your quite a pathetic little boy you know... Your constant biching gets quite tiring.

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