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Hayden 'bitter' after German finish, eyes Mugello revival
11 July 2012
Nicky Hayden is still hurting after finishing at the wrong end of a six-rider battle at the Sachsenring.
The Ducati rider plus team-mate Valentino Rossi, Stefan Bradl, Hector Barbera, Cal Crutchlow and Alvaro Bautista were engaged in an entertaining showdown in the closing stages of the German Grand Prix.
However, Hayden slipped from seventh to tenth place in the final laps and was disappointed with his final result, which he blamed on a combination of 'the tyre going off and me trying too hard at the end'.
The American admits he has found life tough on the Desmosedici in the past at Mugello, where he is only too aware of the importance of the Italian Grand Prix to the fans and the iconic manufacturer.
Hayden, who finished on the rostrum at Mugello in his title-winning season in 2006, said: “Although I still have a bitter taste in my mouth about last week's race, I'm very much looking forward to Mugello.
“It's one of the best tracks and races of the whole year, especially being there on a Ducati. I'm sure we'll have a lot of support, and it's a pretty busy weekend, but it's a race and an event that I enjoy,” he added.
“It's certainly not an easy track, as it's very technical and you've really got to be on your marks there.”
Hayden is looking forward to the prospect of using the full power of the 1000cc Ducati at Mugello as he strives for an impressive result on Sunday.
“It will be one of the tracks where we really get to open up the 1000s, and I'm expecting some pretty high top speeds.
“It hasn't been an easy track for me with Ducati, but I like it a lot.
“We need to try to put the whole weekend together and do a good result on Sunday, when it really counts.”