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Hayden: "I wanted more"

Hayden: 'I wanted more'

Hayden: "I wanted more"

Nicky Hayden is desperate to land a second Grand Prix win before the end of the season and demonstrated it again on Sunday afternoon at Phillip Island. A determined ride from pole position saw the American challenging MotoGP World Champion Valentino Rossi for victory, but the Italian managed to pull a crucial one-second gap in the closing stages of the race to emerge triumphant ahead of the Honda rider.

By taking second in Australia, Hayden also moved up into second overall, equalling Honda factory colleague Marco Melandri's tally of 170 points. However, Hayden holds the advantage over his Italian counterpart thanks to his maiden win scored back in July at Laguna Seca.

"That was a tough race and I enjoyed it," said Hayden. "Valentino was setting a good pace so I just sat there. It all felt good running at that speed – just nice and comfortable. A couple of times Rossi picked up the pace and I could respond. Then the others caught up and me and Marco battled a bit and just gave a slight advantage to Valentino. You can't give a guy like him a one-second lead round here with a few laps to go."

"The team gave me a great bike today. It was really comfortable to ride. I wanted more today. The way things were going it felt like a win wasn't out of the question. We've got two more cracks at it. The season's almost over and I want another win."


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