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Hayden likely to sample GP11.1 at Laguna Seca

Nicky Hayden wants to try the Ducati GP11.1 at Laguna Seca, even if Valentino Rossi returns to the GP11.
Nicky Hayden has signalled his intention to get some miles on the Ducati GP11.1, despite the rather negative feedback from team-mate Valentino Rossi.

The American has persevered with the standard GP11 in recent races, unlike Rossi, who was given the updated GP11.1 from the Assen round of the season. However, on the weekend Hayden was due to get his hands on his own GP11.1, his team-mate is considering reverting back to the original machine after a run of disappointing form.

Nonetheless, Hayden – who beat Rossi last time out at the Sachsenring - is keen to at least sample the GP11.1 and, like Rossi, may get the chance to try both during Friday free practice.

Whichever bike he rides, Hayden is looking forward to his home round, not least because his family will have a significant involvement across the weekend.

“Obviously, I'm looking forward to Laguna, because it's a track I love that's very challenging and fun, with a great atmosphere and my home crowd,” the former champion said. “Turn 1 and the Corkscrew are very technical, and pretty much the whole track links together. On a MotoGP bike, there really aren't any straightaways, because you're always shifting, turning or braking. It's important to have a bike that you feel confident on and can be aggressive with.

“I'm going to my home GP not in our best moment, but we'll give our best effort like always. It's nice that my brothers are both in the AMA race, and my sisters are both doing a lap on the two-seater Ducati. I think we'll make the final decision on Thursday as to which bike I'll ride, but we'll probably try the GP11.1 at some stage, and I'll see what I can do to try and come up with a good result.”



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shuggiemac

July 20, 2011 10:30 AM

No matter what he does he remains one of the classiest guys ever in the Moto GP paddock. Never a moaner, a whiner or one to deflect blame publicly in any other individual or organisations direction. The likes of Messr's Stoner, Pedrosa, Lorenzo and others should take note. A top rider and a top human being - best of luck to Nicky.

shuggiemac

July 20, 2011 1:56 PM

Incredible really, there is a statement that he is a class human being and yet people see that as a negative! For armchair pundits to say that he is no good is laughable, team owners and managers don't give bikes to people just because they are good guys. They also don't keep hime there just because he does not slag anyone off. Actually he does, he criticises Nicky Hayden quite often. I have no doubt that he has all the attitude he needs on the bike, he is a proven winner and like it or not he has that world title. He did the business all his life in the USA and has proven his worth to the people that count on the world stage. The fact that he has held that title and did so with class and decorum, in spite of Pedrosa's best efforts, make him a more rounded champion than some others that could be mentioned.



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