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Hayden hopes for bigger steps after curtailed Misano test

Nicky Hayden had been hoping to 'take a bigger step forward' with his Honnda CBR1000RR after rain cut short his progress at the one-day Misano test.
Nicky Hayden says he had been hoping to 'take a bigger step forward' with the development of his Honnda CBR1000RR after rain cut short his progress in a one-day in-season World Superbike test at Misano.

After claiming a pair of top six finishes at Donington Park at the weekend, Hayden and the Ten Kate Honda squad headed to Misano for a one-day test, running alongside the factory Ducati squad, where the team worked on new gearing options and chassis set-ups.

Notching up 58 laps, Hayden's work was curtailed by rain midway through the afternoon and despite the American rider leaving Misano feeling positive with the improvements - while also setting a best lap time of 1m 35.8s - he has been frustrated at losing vital track time to the weather.

“Unfortunately, it rained in the afternoon and, despite doing a couple of exits in the rain, the work basically stopped there,” Hayden said. “I'd hoped we could have learned a bit more today and take a bigger step forward. We did, however, found a few things and I hope these will make us readier for the second part of the season.

“This was our first test since the start of the season and a very useful one, too. Misano being the next race on the calendar meant we spent some time doing some preparations for that weekend. We were able to try some stuff we usually can't do, because with a single bike in World Superbike is really hard to make some changes.”

The Honda squad is set to travel back to its Dutch base to analyse the data collected at Misano before returning to the circuit for round eight of the World Superbike championship on the 17-19 June.
by Haydn Cobb



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