Nicky Hayden remains on the back foot at Phillip Island as he struggles to find a way forward on the Ducati, qualifying tenth behind CRT rider Randy de Puniet.

Factory star Hayden is fighting for traction in the fast corners at the iconic MotoGP circuit in Australia and is facing a battle to keep the Desmosedici on line on the bumpy asphalt.

"Unfortunately, things haven't gone much better today, as we're still having trouble finding the right direction," he said.

"I'm breaking traction on the edge of the tyre, and that causes a lot of movement, especially in the fast corners.

"Also, the bumps are making it difficult to stay online," he added.

"I made a mistake in T1 on my last good lap. Then I had a better lap going at the end when the rain came, at which point it was too much to risk."

Hayden may opt for a major change during morning warm-up as he aims to make a breakthrough ahead of the race.

"Tomorrow is when it counts, and we'll probably make a big change to the bike," he said.

"Starting tenth is difficult, but I really hope I can be competitive."

The American's best time of 1m 31.681s was 0.014s behind Aspar rider De Puniet.


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