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Hayden looking forward to Catalunya

“I do like the track, and it's one of the calendar's great GPs” - Nicky Hayden.
Nicky Hayden may only have stood on the Catalunya podium once during his nine visits, but that doesn't stop the American admiring one of the MotoGP's 'great' events.

Hayden finished runner-up at Catalunya for Honda during his 2006 title winning season - in a restarted-race following a huge accident involving Ducati team-mates Loris Capirossi and Sete Gibernau heading into turn on.

Hayden's own three visits as a Ducati rider have yielded a best result of eighth.

“Although I've struggled a bit at Catalunya the last few years, I do like the track, and it's one of the calendar's great GPs,” said Hayden.

“It's pretty wide, open and fast, and it's really important to have good edge grip, especially in the last bit with all the long right-handers.”

Hayden starts this weekend ninth in the championship, but just twelve points from fourth-placed Cal Crutchlow.

The #69 is also aiming to put two-days of private testing at Mugello to good use.

“Luckily we got some good weather in Mugello and were able to test a few things with set-up, and I look forward to taking them to a race to see if we've really done any progress,” he said.

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May 30, 2012 12:28 PM

Some1, I don't think you understand just how unimportant "real" racing is here the USA. Most here just don't get it. When he won the championship, or any other riders, very few know of it here. Nicky is one of the hardest working riders out there, you never hear anything negative. He is doing quite well considering the bike he is on. Spies on the other hand was pushed to fast into Motogp and is showing us that very very few can ride at this level.


May 30, 2012 3:23 PM

What do they pay Rossi? How many championships does he have again? What do they pay Hayden? Realist, huh? The salary difference is enormous. They have the expectation, Realist, that Rossi will outperform Hayden. Anything else just wouldn't do now would it? And you act like it's some major accomplishment. Hayden's a washed up hack anyway, right? so what if the greatest of all time squeezed out a finish one position better than Hayden's best? I know I'm impressed... Does anyone else have anything utterly useless they would like to add to this Hayden piece? Preferably some 6 year old argument or comparison in which the American looks poor in as many was as can be made. GO NICKY

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