Ducati's Nicky Hayden has reflected on a 'decent' day one at the Sachsenring in Germany ahead of Sunday's eighth round of the MotoGP World Championship.

Hayden was seventh fastest in the dry morning session and also featured prominently in the wet later in the day, notching the sixth fastest time behind team-mate Valentino Rossi.

The American star missed out on the chance to try the soft compound tyre in the afternoon as a result of the rain, but hopes to test the softer rubber tomorrow.

"Overall, it was a decent day. My outright lap time wasn't great, but my consistency was pretty good and we were able to make little gains on most of our exits," he said.

"This morning we did all the sessions with a hard rear tyre, so I was looking forward to trying the soft in the afternoon.

"Because of the rain, we didn't get to do that, but hopefully we'll get a chance tomorrow to see if it helps close the gap a bit.

"In the rain, it was kind of hard to get the feeling at first. The track felt very slippery and it was a bit windy, but as the laps went by I was able to improve my rhythm," added Hayden.

"I didn't have great feedback from the rear on corner entry, but we have a couple of ideas that might help if it rains again."

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