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Hayden seeking solid end to the year

"My team has been working so hard all year, and I really want to end the season with a solid race for them" - Nicky Hayden.
If Nicky Hayden finishes outside the top three in this weekend's Valencia season finale, it will mark the first time that the former world champion has concluded a MotoGP season without a rostrum.

The Ducati star, who made his MotoGP debut in 2003 and has finished a best of fourth so far this year, approaches the final round holding ninth in the championship and 13 points behind Stefan Bradl (Honda LCR).

Hayden will naturally be hoping for a trouble-free end to the year, having been taken out at the first turn of last year's Valencia race, sustaining a wrist injury that caused him to miss the following post-season test.

“Valencia is a track and a race that I like a lot,” said Hayden, who finished on the Valencia podium in 2005 and 2006.

“It's the last round of the year, so the atmosphere is good and everyone always seems to have a little something extra. The track has been resurfaced since we were last there, and it was certainly due.

“We'll have to see how it is with tyres when we get there, as new surfaces can be hard on rubber. We'll need something that has good endurance on the left but also retains enough heat on the right.

“Smoother tracks are normally better for our bike. One thing we need to do better than in recent races is to make bigger improvements with the bike over the course of the weekend.

“My team has been working so hard all year, and I really want to end the season with a solid race for them.”

Hayden and new team-mate Andrea Dovizioso will join their 2013 rivals in testing at Valencia on Tuesday and Wednesday.

Tagged as: Ducati , Nicky Hayden , Valencia

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6879 - Unregistered

November 06, 2012 4:55 PM

Let's see here... Stoner achieves less wins after every passing year on the Ducati. Hayden, while claiming that this is the best Ducati he's ridden, is unable to obtain a podium for the first time in his career. Rossi's performance on the Ducati improves (slightly), but his results are similar. Now, they're all good riders, and the bike isn't getting any WORSE, so let's give credit where it's due: Honda and Yammy have just straight up sorted out their machines while the gap to Ducati has increased steadily, year after year. Contrast GP to WSBK, where 5 of the 6 manufacturers claimed wins this year, and it's quite sad to see such weak competition levels.

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