American Nicky Hayden says the 'Rossi factor' will make for a spectacular MotoGP round in San Marino this weekend.

Hayden, who finished as the top Open class rider at Silverstone in the wet on the Power Electronics Aspar Honda at the end of August, says all the riders feel the fervour of the Italian fans and the 2006 champion is relishing the extra special atmosphere at Misano.

"I am looking forward to riding at Misano. The track has been resurfaced for this season and the feedback I have heard has been positive, it sounds like the bumps have gone," Hayden said.

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"Misano hasn't been as successful for me in the past as I would have liked but it's still a track I enjoy. As always the objective is to work hard from Friday and try to improve in every session so that we are ready on Sunday and in a position to fight for a good result.

"The Rossi factor, with him leading the championship and riding at home, should make for a spectacular atmosphere," he added.

"All the riders feel the passion and the excitement of the Italian fans."


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Nakasone: He is a former champion, and yet is only racing in the open class. The other guy had not won a championship yet, but had been in the team for ten years now, going on eleven soon. How sad that is.
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It is a shame, but look at the facts. in SIX seasons on the RCV (03-08)Hayden won three races and had 25 podiums. total points 987 average per year 164.

in THREE seasons, on the same bike Dani took 6 wins and 27 podiums. total points 706 average per year 235.

Championship or not, Dani is still one of the top four riders in the world, and head and shoulders above Nicky. (that dosnt mean im not a Nicky fan btw )