Mixed feelings for Repsol Honda duo
Nicky Hayden and Max Biaggi were back in action Friday for the first of a scheduled three-day test at the twisty 4.4km Jerez circuit in southern Spain, just five days after the high profile IRTA tests in Barcelona. Hayden started the test fast and positively while his team mate, Biaggi had a more difficult day.
Nicky Hayden posted the second fastest time behind John Hopkins, in 1'41.145.
"I'm pretty happy with the way the whole day has gone. I was disappointed last week in Barcelona, it seemed to take me too long to get up to speed so that was the priority here at Jerez today and I'm happy that we achieved it," said the young American.
"Today I went about half a second faster than I've ever gone around here so we're definitely improving. I concentrated on trying to do a race distance on a couple of tyres today rather than trying lots of different things. I'm still looking to improve on getting into corners faster and getting a bit more stability under braking. I'll be working harder tomorrow but overall, after day one, I'm happy. We've got a plan in mind for the weekend and I'd like to think we'll keep improving the way we have today."
Max Biaggi was obviously disappointed after ending the day in 15th position:
"We arrived from Barcelona with a good set up, but here in Jerez the bike did not respond anymore," explained Biaggi. "My experience let me tell that I know the set up differences between these two tracks. I did all a rider can do: I tried all the suspension and chassis solutions and I rode over the limit but it didn't work. The lap time remains too slow for my standard. At this point it all depends on engine management, power output and electronic controls. It's not up to me. I hope the answer will come soon."