MotoGP »

Progress for Ducati riders on day two

"We know race distance around here is a long, hard day, but that's why you put in the time doing the training. Hopefully we can have a good race tomorrow and have some fun" - Nicky Hayden.
Nicky Hayden made clear progress during day two of the Malaysian MotoGP weekend and will start sixth on the grid for Sunday's race.

Just eleventh and over two-seconds from the top after Friday practice, the American jumped to fifth on Saturday morning, before lapping 0.710sec from Dani Pedrosa (Honda) in qualifying.

“The mechanics all worked hard last night changing geometry and the transmission, and I'm thankful because the bike was immediately better," explained Hayden. "Qualifying didn't start out great. The track felt a lot slipperier than this morning, but I put the soft tyres in and was able to get down into the 2min 2s.

"On my last soft tyre, I was pushing the front, and I had a couple moments where I was basically down but managed to stay on the bike. Truthfully, I think the bike was capable of a bit better. The front row was about a half-second away, but fourth wasn't out of the question.

"We know race distance around here is a long, hard day, but that's why you put in the time doing the training. Hopefully we can have a good race tomorrow and have some fun.”

Team-mate Valentino Rossi, winless since his final victory for Yamaha at Sepang last season, made similar time gains - despite crashing in the closing stages of qualifying.

The seven time MotoGP champion set a best lap 0.933sec from pole for ninth on the grid, having been 13th and 2.427sec from Pedrosa on Friday.

“Today went better," said Rossi. "I was able to ride more effectively, although the fall was really a shame because it was the usual type, which means that we still have to solve that problem. In addition, that wasted some precious minutes, and I had to use the second bike, which I didn't like quite as much.

"We're pretty good on most of the track, but we lose a lot - six of the nine tenths in our gap to the front - in T4, especially on the exits of the last two hairpins. Anyway, our pace has improved, especially with the hard tyre, although to tell the truth, the choice for the race won't be easy.

"We'll make the decision at the last minute after evaluating tomorrow's conditions, and it will really be crucial. I'm expecting a hard race as is always the case here at Sepang, where the conditions are extreme, but anyway, I'm happier than yesterday, as I'm able to ride better.”



Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
Hayden, Malaysian MotoGP 2011
Rossi at 2016 Monza Rally Show (Monster)
Zarco`s Yamaha, Valencia MotoGP test, November 2016
Zarco`s Yamaha, Valencia MotoGP test, November 2016
Zarco`s Yamaha, Valencia MotoGP test, November 2016
Zarco`s Yamaha, Valencia MotoGP test, November 2016
Zarco`s Yamaha, Valencia MotoGP test, November 2016
Zarco`s Yamaha, Valencia MotoGP test, November 2016
Zarco`s Yamaha, Valencia MotoGP test, November 2016
Zarco`s Yamaha, Valencia MotoGP test, November 2016
Zarco`s Yamaha, Valencia MotoGP test, November 2016
Pedrosa, Valencia MotoGP test, November 2016
Rossi, Valencia MotoGP test, November 2016
Pedrosa, Valencia MotoGP test, November 2016
Pedrosa, Valencia MotoGP test, November 2016
Rossi, Redding, Valencia MotoGP test, November 2016
Rossi, Valencia MotoGP tests, November 2016
Rossi, Valencia MotoGP tests, November 2016

Join the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.


Writeman

October 22, 2011 5:51 PM

I make an observation in the acrimonious Stoner/Rossi Ducati debate. When Stoner rode the Ducati I'd see the machine wobbling and bucking and weaving all over the shop and Stoner just seemed to stay relaxed about it, accept its antics and just push through them. Sure he crashed a lot but he also won a lot and did pretty well in between. I don't think Rossi is a lesser rider for not achieving similar results as much as I'd like to see them - he is unquestionably one of the world's greatest-ever riders. When you've achieved that standing you don't have anything to prove and by crashing a lot you potentially have a lot to lose. Stoner is a freak to be able to successfully ride the machine and the pressure should be on Ducati, not Rossi, to get the podiums. Man, I respect all these riders for what they've achieved to even get a ride in motoGP.



© 1999 - 2016 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.