Ducati's Nicky Hayden feels he has made gains since the opening MotoGP pre-season winter tests in Malaysia even though the American star was ninth fastest overall at Jerez.

Hayden set his best time of 1m 40.370s on the third and final day at the Spanish venue, 0.859s adrift of Yamaha pacesetter Cal Crutchlow and behind team-mate Andrea Dovizioso (1m 40.322s) and Pramac Ducati's Andrea Iannone (1m 40.331s).

The 2006 world champion concedes that much work is still to be undertaken with the Desmosedici GP13, however Hayden is 'motivated' for round one at the Losail International Circuit in Qatar.

"We started winter testing in Malaysia with a bigger gap than we had hoped, but since then I feel like we've worked well and recovered some of the gap, although part of that is down to this track being shorter," he said.

"The test team is doing a good job with us, and I achieved my goal for this test, which was to be inside a second from the leader.

"Yesterday I didn't feel like I was riding so well, but I went better this afternoon when it finally dried out," added Hayden.

"There wasn't much time, but the team did a good job.

"My suspension guy had a few ideas, and they seemed promising; it's a good sign that I was a second faster than yesterday on a patchy track.

"There's still a lot of work to do, but everyone's really motivated for Qatar."


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