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WSBK Assen, Netherlands: Hayden to fightback in Assen after recent setbacks

Nicky Hayden says he wants a strong race weekend at his Honda Racing team's home round at Assen to put the setback of Aragon behind him.
Nicky Hayden says he wants a strong race weekend at his Honda Racing team's home round at Assen to put the setback of Aragon behind him.

After a solid but unspectacular sixth place finish in race one at Aragon the American rider suffered a mechanical fault which forced him to retire from race two and saw him slip to eighth in the World Superbike riders' standings.

Hoping for a quick recovery, Hayden sees Assen as the ideal place to turn to having claimed victory at the Dutch track in 2006 on his way to the MotoGP world title and has consistently been a strong challenger at 'the Cathedral of Speed'.

“I'm really excited to be racing at Assen, it's the home track for the team and I was told we will get a great amount of support from the local fans,” Hayden said. “It's a great track and one of the most important venues in the history of motorcycle racing.”

Despite the perceived lack of outright performance from the aging Honda CBR1000RR Fireblade the Japanese manufacturer has claimed nine race wins at Assen since 2004, while Hayden's team-mate Michael van der Mark grabbed his maiden WSBK rostrums at the track last year.

“There are some very fast corners and, obviously, the last chicane is crucial for the outcome of the race,” he said. “I'm looking forward to getting on track and see what kind of weather Assen will have in store for us. Hopefully we can have a strong weekend and put Aragón's issues behind us.”



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Navelgazer

April 14, 2016 12:19 PM

Nicky seems to have gone pretty well in the past @ Assen (remembering the scrap with Edwards on the last lap, back in the day) so hopefully it'll be a good weekend. VDm will have home support behind him too, should be able to mount an interesting fight with his team mate



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