Repsol Honda's Nicky Hayden and Max Biaggi finished the opening day of practice for the Czech Republic Grand Prix having posted the seventh and 11th fastest times respectively in a super-tight opening day at Brno.

The top 17 riders having all posted a time within 1.2secs of the fastest lap of the day in preparation for the 22-lap race on Sunday.

Hayden dipped into the 1min 59secs bracket with his last lap of the morning's warm up session - one of four riders to do so. The 24-year-old completed 23 laps and posted the fourth fastest time. But he then failed to improve his time in the slightly warmer afternoon session.

"It definitely feels good to be back on the bike and it was a good feeling this morning. This afternoon I just feel we were missing something through the infield," he revealed. "I just don't seem to have any real confidence with the front to steer into the turn or really through the corner.

"Unfortunately a lot of the stuff we tried today didn't seem to work that well so we're all going to have to get our heads together to come up with something. We seem to be getting tighter and tighter as a team every race and I have every confidence we'll be there tomorrow," he claimed.

His team-mate, Biaggi, was happy to get back in the saddle this morning at a circuit he has won seven times in the past. But the gifted Italian ended the morning session, run in bright sunlight, with the eighth fastest time, once again not being entirely happy with the feeling of his machine braking into the corners; a problem that he has battled with for most of the season.

In the afternoon he again suffered chatter problems and ended the hour-long session a disappointing 11th fastest, but still only 0.78secs from fastest man Valentino Rossi.

"Sometimes I find it very hard to say something positive after days like these," admitted Max. "I come to a track I love and have had such good results at in the past and I find that I can't ride to my full potential. We are losing time in many sections. We have tried many different solutions in a short time but have not come up with the best solution yet. We will see tomorrow - I hope for better."

"A mixed day really," confirmed team manager Makoto Tanaka. "Nicky started well but couldn't improve this afternoon when the team tried some new adjustments that didn't work too well. Max again seems to be having problems with his machine in the turns and we need to look at the data to see if we can all come up with a solution. It is all very close today. The top 14 riders are all within one second of each other but, we need to be higher."

 

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