MotoGP »

Austin MotoGP: Hayden top Open Honda after tough weekend

"Our bike was obviously working better than his in the corners and he'd come right past us on the straightaways" - Nicky Hayden.
Nicky Hayden salvaged eleventh place as the top Open class Honda MotoGP rider in front of his home American fans in Austin, Texas on Sunday.

Starting 14th, Hayden fought off fellow RCV1000R rider Scott Redding and the Pramac Ducati of Yonny Hernández, but was over one minute from victory and 13 seconds behind top Open class rider Aleix Espargaro (Forward Yamaha).

“In the end we have come away with a positive result and I had fun fighting with a strong group of riders. This weekend hasn't been smooth for us. We've had some technical issues that have held us back so it was nice to at least go the full distance and gather a lot of data.

“It wasn't an easy race. There was a lot of tyre wear on the right. Even racing with Hernandez in the beginning was not easy because our bike was obviously working better than his in the corners and he'd come right past us on the straightaways. It's tough when you look at the trap speeds...

“Last year this was the worst GP for me. This weekend was tough too. We had the technical issues and I probably should have been more positive, but it was tough to go out in practice and only make it around half a lap, and only be faster than two guys all weekend in a straight-line.

“But I realise the road is tough and the rider has to be positive and carry everybody.”

Hayden's former Ducati team claimed their first podium since 2012, with Andrea Dovizioso on Sunday.



Tagged as: Honda , hayden

Related Pictures

Click on relevant pic to enlarge
Hayden, Marquez, Grand Prix of The Americas, 2014
Marc Marquez opens new fan club headquarters
MotoGP Xmas Quiz
MotoGP
MotoGP
American Flat Track star Jared Mees during 2014 Superprestigio Dirt Track
Marc Marquez celebrates Superprestigio Dirt Track victory
Marquez, Mees and Noyes on 2014 Superprestigio podium
Jorge Lorenzo to race in Gulf 12 Hours (pic: gulf12hours.com)
Pol Espargaro attends Asean Cup race at Indonesia`s Sentul circuit (pic: Tech 3)
Charity helmet signed by MotoGP stars sets record
Repsol chairman Antonio Brufau with Marc and Alex Marquez (pic: Repsol)
Shoulder surgery for Jack Miller (pic: LCR)
Valentino Rossi at 2014 Monza Rally (Pic: Cristiano Bami)
Jack Miller - CWM LCR Honda
Jack Miller - CWM LCR Honda
Jack Miller - CWM LCR Honda
Jack Miller - CWM LCR Honda

Join the conversation - Add your comment

Please login or register before adding your comments.

Although the administrators and moderators of this website will attempt to keep all objectionable comments off these pages, it is impossible for us to review all messages. All messages express the views of the poster, and neither Crash Media Group nor Crash.Net will be held responsible for the content of any message. We do not vouch for or warrant the accuracy, completeness or usefulness of any message, and are not responsible for the contents of any message. If you find a message objectionable, please contact us and inform us of the problem or use the [report] function next to the offending post. Any message that does not conform with the policy of this service can be edited or removed with immediate effect.


Conrice

April 14, 2014 4:31 AM

Can't wait for all of the haters' comments.... Scott was beat straight-up before he binned it. Go ahead and tell me it's only one race - even though all of you took one lap at Qatar and said that solidified everything you said about Hayden despite testing and practices/qualifying before that round.

ducati1098

April 14, 2014 4:51 AM

Ouch for Nicky. I'm sure it is difficult for him to see that Ducati has improved drastically when we all thought that he would be faster on the Proddy Honda, which as we know could care less about Hayden. Should've gotten a different ride! He should swap rides with Colin Edwards.



© 1999 - 2014 Crash Media Group

The total or partial reproduction of text, photographs or illustrations is not permitted in any form.