Nicky Hayden will start the new MotoGP season having set a top six lap time on three of the six 'days' of 2010 pre-season testing.

The Ducati Marlboro star's only concern is that it's taking him too long to find a set-up that will give him those lap times, which may hurt his chances during races at which there have been no testing.

Nevertheless, the 2006 world champion is clearly in a far better position going into his second season at Ducati, than he had been for his first.

The Kentuckian, third on the final day of the previous Sepang test, was fourth on the last night of the Qatar test, where the first race of the year will be held on April 11.

"Today [tonight] went better than yesterday, we took a step forward with the set-up and my lap time was decent," began Hayden, who was one of a number of riders to fall at turn two.

"It is still taking us too long to get up to speed but there's no doubt we're making progress.

"Tonight I did my best time on a [nine lap] long run and I think I could have gone even faster on the next lap if it wasn't for the crash in turn two.

"Anyway the bike is working well, the team has done a fantastic job and I can't wait for the season to start now," the #69 concluded.

Hayden was 0.7sec behind pace setting team-mate Casey Stoner on the final night in Qatar, but within a few tenths of second placed Rossi and third placed Andrea Dovizioso.


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