American Nicky Hayden plans to focus on fine-tuning his pace over a race distance at Assen tomorrow after he ended the first day with the third fastest time.

The works Ducati rider, who - like Ben Spies and Cal Crutchlow ahead of him - achieved his fastest lap on a soft rear in the afternoon session ahead of Saturday's Dutch MotoGP race at the historic venue, also intends to work on making his Ducati change direction more efficiently.

"I really like the Assen track, and the weather was perfect today. The team had some good ideas, and we tried a couple of things," he said.

"I enjoyed riding the bike, and the day went pretty well. This morning we used the hard tyre for the entire session, and I was able to improve the rhythm in the last exit, with a tyre that had quite a few laps on it.

"This afternoon we didn't make any big adjustments because the bike is working pretty well at the moment.

"Tomorrow we're going to work on making the bike better at changing direction, and we'll keep trying to make it better for race distance."

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