Since his bleak description of life at Repsol Honda in the Thursday pre-event press conference at Indianapolis, during which he also confirmed that he will leave Honda at the end of this season, Nicky Hayden has faced regular questions from the local media regarding life alongside team-mate Dani Pedrosa.

"You know, everybody makes a big deal about it. We really got no problem, me and him. I mean, sure, we're not team-mates. We don't work together at all. He does his thing, and I do mine," said Nicky. "Now ain't the time to go into that.

"My guys, I'd love to give them a good result before the season's over, because they've never given up on me and worked really hard. They deserve a good result before we finish off. They did a lot for me in my career, and I'm really grateful," he added.

Hayden - set to join Ducati next season - qualified fourth on the grid at Indy, four places in front of Pedrosa.

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