When asked about Marc Marquez's impressive MotoGP debut at Valencia on Wednesday, Nicky Hayden quipped that the 19-year-old Spaniard "definitely needed another year in Moto2".

Incredibly, some in the Twittersphere failed to see it as a joke, forcing Hayden to spell it out for them:

"Chill out. I was clearly being sarcastic about Marquez needing another year in Moto2. He is very impressive and obviously belongs in MotoGP."

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Those with a sense of humour should follow Hayden on Twitter via @NickyHayden.