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Hayden and Pedrosa both improve on first day times

Hayden and Pedrosa both improve on first day times

Both Nicky Hayden and Dani Pedrosa significantly improved their lap times from yesterday as they worked on chassis, engine and Michelin tyre testing at Phillip Island, despite trailing the Ducati riders on a fast day for the Italian factory.

Both Nicky Hayden and Dani Pedrosa significantly improved their lap times from yesterday as they worked on chassis, engine and Michelin tyre testing at Phillip Island, despite trailing the Ducati riders on a fast day for the Italian factory.

World Champion Nicky Hayden ran a series of tests on geometry settings and tyre options as he and his crew adjusted the machine to suit the 4.448km Australian circuit. Completing an impressive 91 laps, the 25-year-old American was able to take 0.57s off his best from yesterday, setting a time of 1m 30.61s on race tyres.

"We went quite a bit faster today which is good, and we got through a lot of options and settings," commented ‘Trick Daddy'. We're working on the balance of the bike which we haven't got quite right yet, especially in the fast corners. We improved our pace, though there's the same basic issue where the bike isn't quite turning as I'd like it to and it pushes the front a little. Still, we got a lot of data today so the guys will put their heads together tonight and figure out some more improvements for tomorrow."

Pedrosa also went faster than on day one, and was the quickest Honda in Australia. His work was centred on chassis, suspension and engine settings. In the afternoon the 21-year-old focused on adjusting the power characteristics of the 800cc V4 powerplant to allow him to get the most from the new engine. Pedrosa also spent time with the Michelin technicians as they continued the tyre testing schedule, setting a best lap of 1m 30.45s today.

"The weather was good to us today and we got through a lot of testing, including chassis and suspension adjustments, plus some engine settings work. As well as that we did some more tyre testing with Michelin which was positive. We made some good progress especially towards the end of the day and the laptime is not so bad. Now we have to analyse the data we collected today and work on going quicker still on the last day tomorrow," explained the Spaniard.

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MotoGP, 2007, Nicky Hayden, Dani Pedrosa

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