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Hayden is quite competent at testing and a fully fit Hayden will do an excellent job subbing for Vale. People on here keep talking about when Pedrosa said Nicky's testing was crap on the Honda etc etc....but no-one pointed out that he also won the title while doing all this Honda testing while 5 years later Pedrosa has done squat for a title!!
PS Hayden was on point at Montegi for a possible fourth...which was arguably the best Vale would have done as well...so testing the GP12 with Hayden is an excellent choice in the wake of their #1 rider being less than 100%.
The comparison to Hopper is also invalid as Hopper is fighting for a title so the benefits outweigh the risks..PS Hopper did not race at the very next BSB round because his position was locked for the title fight. Risk outweighed the benefit in that scenario..