Nicky Hayden slipped to the fourth row of the grid for tomorrow's San Marino Grand round of the MotoGP World Championship after struggling with his injured right hand in qualifying.

The American star, back in action following his accident at Indianapolis, was 10th fastest on his factory Ducati, setting a best time of 1m 35.401s.

Hayden said: "This morning in the wet was great. Even without working on the set-up, the bike was good right away.

"Then the track dried out, but I didn't go out with slicks because I didn't want to take any risks. The qualifying session went by really quickly.

"We made a couple of little adjustments and got going better, but although I hate to use excuses, my hand was quite weak and painful," he added.

"When I went out for the last exit, there was a bunch of CRT traffic. I thought I had time for one more flying lap to try and get on the third row, but the chequered flag was out when I came by.

"We'll see how things feel in the morning."


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