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Hayden: I couldn't have ridden any harder

Hayden: I couldn't have ridden any harder

Hayden: I couldn't have ridden any harder

Nicky Hayden has been busy over the last few days as the season resumed at Brno following the summer break. On top of the Grand Prix, the American also stayed at the Czech venue with most of the MotoGP riders for a two-day test.

Looking back on his performance in Sunday's race, the ‘Kentucky Kid' is slightly disappointed, but admits he couldn't have pushed any harder. He had qualified in second position behind poleman Sete Gibernau and put up a strong challenge for the top positions in the early stages of the race before losing ground as the leaders maintained a consistently strong pace.

"I finished only fifth at Brno, but I honestly felt like I couldn't have ridden any harder," admits Hayden. "I'm sure I could have ridden better, but early on I was just trying too hard and making a few mistakes and really used up the front tyre, nearly finding myself on the floor a few times. We were just a tick off all week, just a tick for the pole and in the race I was missing that last little bit. After 45 minutes I was only seconds back, but that's a long way in MotoGP and only good for about 5th."

"It was nice to be back at the track and on the bike... Brno is a great track and we stayed over Monday and Tuesday. Things just keep getting better and better. We found a few things on the set-up that I like and I hope will help at some of the tracks coming up. My speed was great and I practiced alone on used tyres to get the set-up right at the end of the race. I wish we could line up and race again... I know everyone would be faster, but I believe I could put up a better fight!"

"I'll get my chance in Japan in a few weeks. Everything else is good, the team is doing a great job and I feel more at home with all the guys all the time, and they're all working very hard for me. So now I'm back home for a bit before the real grind starts... we really need to step up and make a run if we want to move up in the standings!"

MotoGP, 2005, Nicky Hayden

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