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Injured Hayden up against it at Motegi

12 October 2012

Ducati's Nicky Hayden is finding life at Motegi particularly tough as the harsh braking required at the Twin Ring circuit affects his injured right hand.

Hayden sustained a broken radius bone after a frightening crash at Motorland Aragon in Spain and the 2006 MotoGP world champion slipped to 10th in the afternoon times after ending FP1 in seventh.

Hayden, who is a massive one-and-a-half seconds behind opening day leader Dani Pedrosa at Honda's home circuit, said: “It was good to have a full day of dry weather on a Friday, but it was a difficult day.

“This morning we weren't so far off, but I didn't improve in the afternoon. I'm not getting the feedback from the bike that I'd like under braking.

“Also, my hand is giving me some pain and I don't have a lot of strength, especially into the right-handers.

“There's lots of hard braking on this track, so I'm losing time mainly on the corner entry, and it's hard to recover on the exits,” he added.

“We need to have a re-think tonight and try to do a good step tomorrow.”


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