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Hayden reflects on Jerez test

Hayden reflects on Jerez test

Hayden reflects on Jerez test

Honda MotoGP teams and riders packed up at Jerez on Friday after testing a variety of chassis - suspension combinations based on the 2004 RCV, and the latest tyres developed for the RCV by Michelin.

Repsol Honda rider Nicky Hayden played catch up after crashing at high speed on Thursday, the resulting machine damage restricting his track time. Hayden made up for it on Friday with a 97-lap stint, steadily working his way through a series of tests with new chassis parts in conjunction with testing the new range of tyres.

"It was quite a tough test overall," said Hayden, who set a best time of 1'41.50. "I wasn't able to run the sort of lap times that I had hoped to do but we learned a lot and have got a lot of useful information that we can take with us onto Valencia next week.

"After a lot of down time yesterday when the guys were rebuilding the bike after the crash we had a lot to pack into today and tried some new Michelins and tried a few different things with the chassis and the electronics.

"Some things worked pretty well - some not so well. The new team are working real hard and there is a great-spirit there already which is so important to me."

MotoGP, 2004, Nicky Hayden

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