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Hayden relishing return to home soil

Local favourite Nicky Hayden is relishing his return to American soil ahead of the United States Grand Prix at Laguna Seca.
Nicky Hayden says he 'can't wait' to get back out in front of his home fans as he looks to combine his improved form on the Ducati this year with his unrivalled experience of the Laguna Seca circuit.

Hayden has a strong record around the Californian venue having won two of his three career MotoGP victories there, although he hasn't stood on the podium at the circuit since his 2006 title winning campaign.

Nonetheless, having notched up a series of strong and consistent results on the Ducati so far this year, Hayden will be looking for a return to the rostrum this weekend.

“I can't wait to get to Laguna, a circuit that is extremely special to me. It is tough but really nice and it is where I won my first GP. I'm not just saying it because I'm American but it really is a unique place.

“There isn't really a straight - all the corners run into each other and they are a mixture of fast and slow bends. The Corkscrew is unique, a three-storey drop with a blind entry - you feel like you're taking off into space. Another thing about Laguna is that you can't afford to run off line at any point because the exit to one corner is the entry to the next and you have to get your line right.

“At Sachsenring we had a tough weekend but recovered in the race and found a good feeling for the bike. That makes me confident for this weekend.”



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Max - Unregistered

July 21, 2010 1:42 PM

@Kenlucky Kid I will repeat a comment I made on another post about Hayden that I believe soundly applies to you and your foolish comment: What's the deal with all the negativity? He should've earned the respect of every fan of MotoGP based on his amazing work ethic and lack of arrogance. He's certainly earned the respect of other riders and MotoGP management. Only three riders can be on the podium but it doesn't mean that there are only 3 riders that are talented. Give the guy a break and show some class by not making stupid negative comments to every Hayden topic.

DrifterJake

July 21, 2010 2:13 PM
Last Edited 569 days ago

LOL @ Kenlucky! "Although,luckily for Hayden RdP is MIA for quite a while, greatly improving his prospects." NH 4 RdP 6 Qatar NH 4 RdP 9 Jerez NH 4 RdP 7 LeMans NH DNF RdP 6 Mugello (According to "Kenlucky rules" we can't count Mugello. RdP was "lucky" to get 6th as Nicky was 2 positions ahead when he crashed!) NH 4 RdP 6 Silverstone NH 7 RdP 6 Assen NH 8 RdP 4 Catalunya NH 6 RdP DNF Sachsenring (We won't count Germany even though Hayden was again 2 places ahead of de Puniet when Randy crashed.) If your point was that de Puniet has been beating Hayden regularly on track, not even close! EPIC FAIL Kenlucky! Try again!



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