Nicky Hayden cut a dejected figure on Sunday afternoon after losing vital time at the start of Sunday's MotoGP race, which he finished 17th.

Starting from the back of the sixth row, Hayden lamented a lack of front-end feel among other issues as he slipped back to 21st on lap five.

His set-up on the 'Open' Aspar Honda began to improve as the race progressed and the 33-year old was able to maintain the distance between himself and tenth place.

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It was, he revealed, of some comfort after a less than satisfying result.

"It's a shame to have a race like that," he said. "The position is so bad. In the beginning I really didn't do a great start and I didn't have very good pace. My pace throughout the race wasn't too bad. If you look at the lap times, Hernandez in tenth after about ten laps was ten seconds in front of me. After 27 laps he was still about ten seconds ahead of me.

"I just couldn't go fast in the beginning. It wasn't as if I was getting held up. We weren't quick enough. I was able to maintain, keep up my pace and pick up a couple of positions late. But Jerez is a track I normally enjoy, I normally go well at and I hoped to be able to do a better race today. Luckily we have a test tomorrow to try and improve something.
"Really I raced the bike very similar to what I started the weekend with. We worked on things and really went off path. Really it was yesterday, the last exit of FP4 I just went back to the same bike we started the weekend with and it felt better. That's basically what we rode today."

Hayden and Aspar team-mate Eugene Laverty will be present for a one day test at Jerez on Monday and although the American doesn't have any new parts, working on set up for upcoming rounds will be crucial.

"It's not as if we've got some stuff to test - not like some parts. Some set-up stuff that you don't normally get a chance to try during the weekend. Definitely we'll try some bigger set up stuff, not necessarily getting set up for Jerez but thinking of Le Mans, Barcelona, Mugello. I'm really looking forward to testing.

"Obviously I need it so we'll see if we can pick up something tomorrow."