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Hayden battling to make impact in Australia

'I'm breaking traction on the edge of the tyre and that causes a lot of movement, especially in the fast corners' - Nicky Hayden
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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motown - Unregistered

October 27, 2012 5:10 PM

Unfortunate. Hayden definitely knows how to ride a bike around this track, but that Ducati continues to make his life miserable. He's a good man for sticking with it, especially after that bike has made so many greats look so bad.

CreepyToast

October 27, 2012 6:04 PM

"Unfortunate. Hayden definitely knows how to ride a bike around this track, but that Ducati continues to make his life miserable. He's a good man for sticking with it, especially after that bike has made so many greats look so bad. " I really like Nicky, top bloke. In 2006 he rode great on that Repsol Honda, but PLEASE, stop it with the "poor Nicky". He's the one that continues to sign for Ducati, nobody else. Rossi thinks it's a pile of crap so it going back to Yamaha with his tail between his legs, but Nicky has once again signing with Ducati, so give it a rest with the sympathy!



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