“Roger is in World Superbikes this year, which is a cool situation for him to see the world and learn some stuff. I don't want to slag off his team or his bike, but I think everybody knows the Kawasaki is probably not the best Superbike out there at the moment, and on top of that he's on a privateer one. He's got his work cut out and is up against it, but hopefully he can get a few results and turn a few heads, learn the tracks and hopefully then get onto something better for next year. I'll see him this weekend at Jerez, so I'm pretty excited about that.
“We all know each other so well, and sometimes it's good to see things through a different set of eyes. Just talking about things can help. If one of us is struggling, we can maybe bounce some ideas [off one another]. Roger went to Assen last week and he had never been there before, whereas I had been there once and could help him with some of the corners and things he could do. We're pretty honest with each other – it's not like we're cheerleaders telling each other how great we are! We're brothers, but it's for the most part positive criticism and trying to help each other, so we're all definitely playing for the same team.”
Whilst the three brothers' understandably hectic and divergent schedules mean they might not see each other as much as they would like, Hayden conceded that he is a bit of a homebody at heart, and endeavours to return to his family in Kentucky as much as he can. Ultimately, though, he recognises, his prime consideration remains firmly the same – his racing.
“Once we start doing the back-to-backs and it gets busy, I won't be coming back [to the States],” explained the three-time MotoGP race-winner. “Actually, this trip has been two weeks off and then we get two weeks off before the next one [at Le Mans] so I'll be back home again, but I like Europe in the summer and I stay quite busy, with a few things here and a few things there for Philip Morris and Ducati.
“That eats up the time between races, but also I'm a home boy and sometimes it's nice to come back to be around my family and friends and just relax, regroup, prepare, train and just get away from it all. When I stay in Europe it's hard to ever really get a mental break. I live on the east coast [in America], so it's pretty easy to get to from Europe – but once the season starts I won't really be going back-and-forth.
“We do get some 'down time', and we got a bit more recently with Japan being off, but I'm pretty caught up in my racing, you know. It's not a hobby – it's what I live for and I eat, breathe and sleep it, sometimes maybe too much. It would be better if I could get away and try to go play golf or go do this or that, but really I don't have a lot of hobbies. Racing is pretty much my life. Sure, at times I like to hang out with my friends and I'm into cycling a bit – nothing too wild. I just try to enjoy life.”
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