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Hayden, Dovizioso look to ‘lab’ test after race disappointment

“We knew before coming here that this track wouldn't be the best for us. A lot of our problem is the 'pumping' [up and down movement of the rear of the bike] and here is the worst track for pumping.

“It is really difficult to be fast with this movement at the rear. When the temperature is higher the pumping becomes bigger. And for everybody the drop off of the rear tyre is big.

“Tomorrow we have to decide which bike we will continue the season with. We have to make a comparison. We know that [the 'lab bike] chassis is different but the result is not a big difference. It is not what we need, but we have to understand the way and keep working.”

Prior to the weekend, Dovizioso had expressed an interest in racing the revised frame in Catalunya: “We didn't have time to get four bikes ready for this weekend. But I don't think that chassis will be a lot better at this track.”

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June 17, 2013 1:49 AM

As a Nicky fan that was sooooooooooo frustrating. The whole weekend was a nice leap forward. This is what happens when you push hard on the red beast. Just so disappointing. Sounds like the lab bike is no improvement......also disappointing

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