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Hayden pleased with Rossi renewal

Hayden pleased with Rossi renewal

Although he has every reason not to be, given the competitive nature of their title duel last season, World Champion Nicky Hayden has declared that he is pleased with Valentino Rossi's decision to continue in MotoGP until at least the end of the 2008 season. Speaking to fans on his official website, the Kentucky Kid stated that "Rossi signing up for two more years is good news…although maybe not for us riders because with his skills he can sure make things hard for us. He is huge for racing and the show."

Although he has every reason not to be, given the competitive nature of their title duel last season, World Champion Nicky Hayden has declared that he is pleased with Valentino Rossi's decision to continue in MotoGP until at least the end of the 2008 season. Speaking to fans on his official website, the Kentucky Kid stated that "Rossi signing up for two more years is good news…although maybe not for us riders because with his skills he can sure make things hard for us. He is huge for racing and the show."

The Italian was Hayden's closest challenger last season, as their title battle went right down to the final race of the season at Valencia. This season Hayden has to head off the challenge of the experienced veterans and upcoming young guns in the World Championship, and also has to make a full adaptation to the new 800cc Honda RC212V. In recent tests, the American has been putting in marathon sessions, despite coming back from a shoulder operation undergone at the tail end of 2006.

"My shoulder felt a lot better last week than before, and now I'm heading back to California to make sure that I didn't slow down the healing," commented the determined champion after testing in Australia. "I'm not sure how I'm going to explain to the Doc why I did so many laps after I'd told him I was going to take it easy, but riders don't really know how to use ‘granny gear' on the bike! I might have to blame it on HRC and say I was just following the program!" he added jokingly.

Repsol Honda topped the timesheets at Phillip Island last week, although ‘Trick Daddy' admits that "we've still got a long way to go to be competitive at other circuits." And that "there are a few areas on a personal level that I have to work on with the 800cc." Hayden will be back on track next week at Qatar for the MotoGP Official Test, where he lines up alongside the rest of the 2007 grid.

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MotoGP, 2007, GRAN PREMIO bwin.com DE LA COMUNITAT VALENCIANA, Valentino Rossi, Nicky Hayden

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