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Hayden unhappy with eighth place finish in Spain

'Eighth place is certainly not what our goal is. The bike's got a lot of potential, but at the moment, the gap to the rest is still too far' - Nicky Hayden
Ducati's Nicky Hayden was unable to fulfil the promise of his excellent front row start at Jerez as he struggled with front tyre grip in the second round of the MotoGP World Championship.

The American raised expectations for the factory Ducati team following an excellent qualifying display on the Desmosedici GP12 as team-mate Valentino Rossi continues to falter.

The former premier class champion disputed third place with Monster Yamaha Tech 3's Cal Crutchlow and Dani Pedrosa on the Repsol Honda in the early stages, but steadily lost ground as his front tyre went off and could only manage eighth place.

And although Hayden is unhappy with his final position, he remains convinced of the potential of the bike while conceding there is still some way to go to close the gap to the leaders.

“Eighth place is certainly not what our goal is. The bike's got a lot of potential, but at the moment, the gap to the rest is still too far,” he said.

“It was fun for a couple of laps. We know our bike is great at generating heat in the tyres, and for the first few laps I was able do what I wanted.

“Then about the time it looked like the other guys' tyres came up to temperature, mine had already started losing grip, especially in the front. I was pushing wide in places and guys started coming past me.

“We knew it would be tough in the dry. My set-up was okay, but to really try to go with those guys wasn't possible. I was able to close back down on [Stefan] Bradl at the end and have a bit of a race the last couple of laps, but he beat me,” Hayden added.

“Hopefully we can get a dry weekend in Estoril and try to be closer to the front on Sunday.”

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April 30, 2012 10:55 AM

Felt sorry for Nicky yesterday.He got a good start and was showing some flashes of the great rider we know he is.I think he knows that the Ducati has the ability to progress as his efforts over the first quarter of the race showed.The answer cant be far away surely.

Sasha - Unregistered

April 30, 2012 2:57 PM

@Vilas terror Rossi had al the chance in the world to get the 2006 title in the last race. At the last race Rossi was leading the championship after Pedrosa crashed into Hayden in the race before (Estoril). But no, Rossi crashed that last race because of the enormous stress to grab the title. Leaving the door open for Hayden to win it. Hayden took that chance and became WC. Maybe he should have won more, but it was not just luck and Rossi simply lost his points lead in that last race. By his own fault.

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