By Stephen English

Nicky Hayden struggled in qualifying at Aragon with the American only able to set the 11th fastest time as Ducati continue to be plagued by a lack of grip.

Aragon is a technical circuit and the opening half of the lap places an emphasis on edge grip with numerous slow speed corners and undulations.

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Speaking after qualifying, Hayden assessed his efforts:

"In qualifying the lap time was not so bad but obviously we're really far from the front. I didn't have a great lap and was struggling for grip, even more than in some other races, so tomorrow is going to be a difficult race. With our bike we know that when the tyre goes off everything gets more difficult so it will be a hard one tomorrow."

With Ducati - like most other teams - unable to use the harder rear tyre throughout this season, Hayden admitted that he did not even attempt a lap with it after rain scuppered his plans to try the tyre in FP3.

As a result he will once again race the softer compound Bridgestone rear tyre but he does expect to run the harder compound front tyre during the race.

"The wet weather in the morning session cost the team the opportunity to try the harder tyre. Hopefully the weather for tomorrow stays like today, a bit cooler than yesterday, as it would help tyre life. We haven't been able to do a lot of laps this weekend because of the rain this morning but we've been getting close to race distance with the soft tyres.

"I didn't try the hard tyre this weekend because we don't have enough grip with the soft tyre. If today was a normal day, with dry conditions, we would have probably tried the hard tyre but we scrapped that. On the front we'll probably use the hard front tyre in the race."