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Hayden confident that Honda can "answer the bell"

Hayden confident that Honda can 'answer the bell'

Despite being outside the top three at the first test of 2007, reigning World Champion Nicky Hayden is confident that Honda can perform a quick turnaround in fortunes as they continue to develop the RC212V 800cc bike. Hayden left a message to fans on his official website this week, in which he was optimistic about the latest test at Phillip Island.

Despite being outside the top three at the first test of 2007, reigning World Champion Nicky Hayden is confident that Honda can perform a quick turnaround in fortunes as they continue to develop the RC212V 800cc bike. Hayden left a message to fans on his official website this week, in which he was optimistic about the latest test at Phillip Island.

"The first test out of the New Year didn't go silky smooth for us, but we got a point to start from," commented Hayden. "It's clear that our rivals were strong and that we were on the back foot a little, but if there is one company that can answer the bell then it's the boys at HRC."

"The bike, for being a new model, isn't so bad, but its so different that it will take time to understand and work out the kinks," said the World Champion, who identified specific problems with the RC212V. "It is clear that the fairing is just too small for me, and it doesn't take a rocket scientist to see that we have some work to do in the wind tunnel to sort things out for a bigger rider like myself."

With many predicting the new 800cc machines favouring former 250cc riders, including Hayden's team-mate Dani Pedrosa, over riders like the American, the Kentucky Kid had a few words for the doubters.

"The boys are motivated to retain our crown. On a personal level I felt better on the 800cc this time around. I know a lot of people are saying that because I have no 250cc experience and I'm a bigger rider that I won't be able to adapt….I suppose only time will tell if these armchair experts have got that one right. I'm looking forward to heading to Australia to test at one of my favourite tracks this week."

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MotoGP, 2007, Nicky Hayden

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