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Hayden improves on day two

Nicky Hayden puts Ducati MotoGP machine fastest at Jerez,new team-mate Andrea Dovizioso absent
Nicky Hayden lowered his lap time by almost one-second during day two of private testing at Jerez, putting the Ducati rider under this week's best WSBK lap in the process.

The American, the only factory Ducati MotoGP rider on track with team-mate Andrea Dovizioso still struggling with a neck strain, improved from a 1m 40.855s on Wednesday to a 1m 40.090s on Thursday, despite a small fall.

That beat the 1m 40.185s by Aprilia WSBK star Eugene Laverty, set with qualifying tyre on Wednesday. Laverty and Kawasaki's Tom Sykes both set a 1m 40.4s with race tyres. The Jerez MotoGP race lap record is a 1m 39.731s.

The fastest of the WSBK riders still present on Thursday - Aprilia, Kawasaki and Honda having left - was BMW's Marco Melandri with a time of 1m 40.816s.

Pramac Ducati MotoGP rookie Andrea Iannone was a fraction slower than Melandri with a 1m 40.989s, followed by new Ducati test rider Michele Pirro, riding in place of Ben Spies, with a lap of 1m 41.265s.

The last test of 2012 concludes on Friday, with Dovizioso hoping to salvage some track time on the final day.

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confused - Unregistered

November 30, 2012 3:54 AM

Honestly I am pretty shocked that an all out prototype racing machine with a former world champ on it could only beat a WSB by only a tenth! That is shocking to me. But what really confuses me is why the CRT bikes are so much slower? Surely the CRT bikes have less restrictions than the WSB's proper, yet they are slower?

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