Nicky Hayden insists he's still getting his voice heard at Ducati, despite the arrival of seven time MotoGP champion and Italian national hero Valentino Rossi.
“Ducati came up with some stuff I asked for. They're definitely listening to me,” he said at last week's Sepang test.
“I've got no complaints there and I'm confident they trust in me. Valentino rode more my bike than Casey's and preferred it. Also a couple of things I've requested seem like a good direction.”
Hayden, also team-mate to Rossi during his 2003 debut season at Repsol Honda, finished the test as the top Ducati rider in eighth place.
Rossi was tenth, but pleasantly surprised by the strength in his healing shoulder.
“Rossi's no doubt going to win races and be very strong,” declared Hayden.