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Hayden happier at conclusion of second Sepang test

'We've seen some progress in terms of both the time and the consistency, and I had a better feeling with the bike and was able to improve a little' - Nicky Hayden
Nicky Hayden leaves Sepang with a brighter outlook after making gains from the first pre-season test in Malaysia earlier in February.

The factory Ducati rider's fastest lap of 2m 02.070s put him one position behind team-mate Andrea Dovizioso, almost half-a-second slower than the Italian on the third and final day of the test and 1.508s behind pace setter Dani Pedrosa.

Hayden, though, set his quickest lap overall on Wednesday of 2m 01.650s and remains committed to 'staying the course' as Ducati strives to bridge the gap to Honda and Yamaha in MotoGP.

“I was faster yesterday, but that was partly because my feeling today wasn't quite as good due to some things we were trying on the bike,” he said.

“Overall though, I leave here more positive than after the first test.

“We've seen some progress in terms of both the time and the consistency, and I had a better feeling with the bike and was able to improve a little more as the days went on.

“We closed the gap a bit, and I had a much better feeling in the rain,” added Hayden.

“The turning is still the main area where we need to improve, but although we knew the beginning of the season was going to be tough, we have to stay focused and keep the course.”




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Ducati`s Bernhard Gobmeier and Hayden, Sepang 2 tests, February 2013
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duc fan - Unregistered

February 28, 2013 7:19 PM

your analysis is correct but the bigger problem is back at the factory, they don't have the resources like Yamaha. n Honda. to produce parts overnight, and even if they did all the posturing n politics in there slows them down... they seem to over think and wait to long... where yam or Honda have a new parts on a test bike next day, not next month... this is the real problem, n where Audi needs to strep in... they need the 'get it done now' mentality...

jambop - Unregistered

February 28, 2013 6:16 PM

For me the biggest problem for Ducati is it took them 6 days to get to where they are, the Yams and Hondas are a little slower than they were at the first test. I know the track will change quite a lot so while Ducati have gained a little time at this track every track is different and they won't have six days to find a set up they won't even have six hours and that is going to be their problem . The Yams and Hondas are fast straight fron the crate wheras the Duc take six days to get... well not even close. Its going to be a long season for the Ducati's unless they get some updates for the bike.



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