Early presents for Hayden and Dovizioso

Thursday, 23 December 2004

Early presents for Hayden and Dovizioso

Christmas came early for Nicky Hayden and Andrea Dovizioso in Japan, where they were showered with gifts from fans at a week of HRC functions at Motegi. Repsol Honda star Hayden is now back home for a brief holiday period before testing resumes on the 22nd January in Malaysia and says he is already looking forward to starting his preparations for the 2005 season.

"Firstly I must thank all my Japanese fans for the many gifts they hooked me up with and for treating me so well," said Hayden on his personal website. "It was a short trip but very busy, mostly filled with autographs and press events and they threw down a fan party.

"I spent a lot of time hanging out with Andrea Dovizioso. He speaks a bit of English and we had a few good laughs telling some stories! Then we got a cab driver who couldn't drive a stake in the ground, the dude was going so slow he took about three and a half hours to get to the airport when it should have taken no more than two and a half. I think we even got passed by a scooter!

"Anyhow, I made it back to spend Christmas with my family and hang out at home in Kentucky for a while. It's nice to be back but I'm already looking forward to getting back on the bike at Sepang at the end of January."

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