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Hayden tests Honda RC211V at Motegi

Hayden tests Honda RC211V at Motegi

Nicky Hayden today took his first step in MotoGP racing when he tested the Honda RC211V at the Twin Ring Motegi circuit in Japan today. The 21 year old from Owensboro, Kentucky, completed just 50 laps of the circuit as he acquainted himself with the characteristics of the World Championship winning five-cylinder 990cc four-stroke. Weather at the 4.801km circuit was damp in the morning, because of overnight rain, as Hayden took to the track but turned out to be fine after lunch.

`I am impressed how fast it is, but the power is still real smooth,´ said the AMA Superbike Champion. `It´s like wheelie-ing everywhere. Acceleration is so hard, but really smooth. In the morning it was a little bit difficult, as the machine, tyres, carbon discs, the track, everything was new, the track was half-wet, and I haven´t been riding since the final round of AMA Superbike in August. When I hit the brake for the first time, I was kind of surprised how it doesn´t work when it's cold!´. $$$ `In the afternoon session, I started feeling more comfortable, after I had finished more than 20 laps in the morning and also after I changed the position a little bit. The bike is much smaller than the Superbike and feels different, but I like it! I really enjoyed riding. But you know, I´m still kind of learning the track and also the bike, so I´m not real comfortable yet.´

MotoGP, 2002, Nicky Hayden

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