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Hayden expected tough race in Qatar

'It would have been nice to pick up one more spot, but I couldn't get past Dovi because he was better than I was on the brakes' - Nicky Hayden
Nicky Hayden finished the opening MotoGP race of 2013 behind his new Ducati team-mate Andrea Dovizioso but was ultimately satisfied with his progress at Losail.

The American star benefited from a last-minute change to his Desmosedici GP13 prior to the race and improved his best lap of the weekend by two tenths of a second as he finished in eighth position.

Hayden crossed the line close behind Dovizioso as he bridged the gap that developed between the pair in qualifying and hailed the Italian's prowess on the brakes after attempting to take seventh place without success.

“We knew it was going to be difficult. We made a little improvement in the warm-up session, and I felt a bit better.

“I have to give credit to my guys because we made one more change before the race, and my bike was better than it's been since we got here,” said Hayden.

“I did my best time of the weekend by two tenths and basically ran at my qualifying pace for the first part of the race.

“I worked really hard to close that gap and get onto that little group in front of me, and things started feeling better.

“It would have been nice to pick up one more spot, but I couldn't get past Dovi because he was better than I was on the brakes.”



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JACKBEE

April 08, 2013 2:22 PM

I think Nicky's experience with this bike tells him that if you race hard at the start, you pay for it at the end. So he didn't do a banzai race like Dovi, but ended up on the same pace/position as Dovi at the end. Ducati need testing time, and they won't get it at Austin now.

jarbarian - Unregistered

April 09, 2013 1:59 AM

Everyone wants to bag on Hayden about Rossi being taken out. How soon you forget PEDROBOT took Hayden out as well so that's a wash. Hayden had the fire that year to win and he beat Rossi fair and square. The only others to do that are Lorenzo and Stoner. Not Pedro or anyone else so before you bash Hayden, you best get your facts straight. He isn't washed up -- he's on a WASHED UP BIKE! (Just ask Rossi). And the current changes are the changes Rossi asked for, not Hayden.



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