Former MotoGP champion Nicky Hayden gave the underpowered Open class Honda its first Qualifying 2 appearance on Saturday in Argentina.

The Drive M7 Aspar rider secured the final Q2 transfer place after being second only to Tech 3 Yamaha's Bradley Smith in Qualifying 1.

Unfortunately the American had no more soft tyres and finished twelfth and last in the pole position shootout.

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However Hayden is poised for a strong points' scoring ride in Sunday's race, which could require all of his dirt track skills due to high levels of tyre degradation and a slippery surface.

"Today our goal was to reach Q2 and we succeeded, but with the way the weekend has turned out we reached the second qualifying session without new tyres to use. We knew it was going to be a tough session, but we have tried to do our best," said Hayden.

"Although I wanted to conclude the day closer to the top guys, we should be happy that the bike has improved and gradually we have too.

"The tyre choice for the race will be difficult for everyone. I'm happy with the position we took on the grid, but the first lap will be hard because there is only one safe and clean line - and everybody will want to take it. I guess the asphalt will be slippery, so we must be careful.

"I love this track and the atmosphere is great, so I will try to enjoy myself and have a positive race."