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Hayden excited for Mugello

"We're going to have plenty of expectations, and it should be a busy weekend with all the hype going on. I'm really looking forward to it" - Nicky Hayden.
Nicky Hayden will be starting his third Italian Grand Prix as a home Ducati rider this weekend at Mugello.

As a factory rider for the only home manufacturer, and now team-mate to Italian legend Valentino Rossi, Hayden knows this weekend will be the biggest event of the season for him and team.

The American has taken one previous Mugello podium, during his title-winning 2006 season for Honda, and crashed out of last year's race after qualifying fourth.

“Even though we're probably not at our finest moment, Mugello is going to be special for the team. I know the fans are going to come there and support us, especially now with an Italian rider," said Hayden.

"I love the track, although it's not one where I've had great results, so I'm not planning on an easy weekend. I know I'm going to have to come out there on Friday and get going.

"We're going to have plenty of expectations, and it should be a busy weekend with all the hype going on. I'm really looking forward to it."

While Rossi will be starting his second race weekend with the GP11.1 motorcycle, Hayden will be hoping to make his first race star with the 'step 2' frame on the original GP11.

"For Nicky, we'll continue working on the step 2 frame, which we didn't use in the race at Assen, where the inconsistent weather conditions prevented us from carrying out the necessary comparative tests," said team manager Vittoriano Guareschi.

Hayden, like Rossi, has taken one podium so far this year and is fifth in the championship, one place and just ten points behind his team-mate.



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Dannyboy - Unregistered

June 30, 2011 4:17 PM

I believe Nicky Hayden to be the most under rated rider on the grid. Been gettin $hit on since he won the championship in 06, mostly by Honda who should be ashamed of themselves for how they treat there riders.

Get out Nicky! - Unregistered

June 30, 2011 1:59 PM

Poor Nicky, you just know that he's really nothing more than an after-thought in the Ducati garage at the minute. Disgraceful treatment for the guy who's been their second best performer of the 800 era. Would probably outshine Rossi as well given anywhere close to comparable machinery, but sadly the chances are zero. Would be an almost certain winner in WSB with a half decent bike, maybe that's where he should be, he deserves a few seasons at least of "happy" racing. Doubt he's happy at the minute!



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