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Hayden lone MotoGP rider at second Motegi test

Hayden lone MotoGP rider at second Motegi test

Hayden lone MotoGP rider at second Motegi test

The teams present for a second day of testing at the Japanese circuit of Twin Ring Motegi had a chance to try out their wet weather settings today, although many saw it as a fruitless task and abstained from action after midday local time.

Yesterday was the big day for 800cc testing, as the Repsol Honda, Camel Yamaha, Ducati Marlboro and Team Roberts outfits all took to the track for a peak at the early stages of the future of MotoGP;. Today's session saw the riders from the aforementioned list cut to just Nicky Hayden and various Japanese test riders.

Eager to try the Honda 800cc ridden by Dani Pedrosa on Monday, Hayden was left wanting as he fine-tuned the RC211V with which he hopes to win this year's world title. The Kentucky Kid spent the morning undertaking a heavy workload, but when the rain came down he had a somewhat stilted session on track and no chance to try out the 2007 bike he recently confirmed to ride. Focusing on starts, Hayden completed over 50 laps of Twin Ring Motegi, his fastest time being a 1'47.18. HRC also had Tadayuki Okada and Manabu Kamata on-hand for more 800cc development. Yamaha and Suzuki's Japanese contingent, the partnerships of Wataru Yoshikawa & Norihiko Fujiwara and Nobuatsu Aoki &Kousuke Akiyoshi respectively, were lucky enough to ride the latest prototypes of them MotoGP era. Kawasaki had test-rider and participant in last week's A-Style Grand Prix of Japan, Naoki Matsudo, practicing with this year's Ninja ZX-RR.

MotoGP, 2006, A-STYLE GRAND PRIX OF JAPAN, Nicky Hayden

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