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Kentucky Kid steps up title defence

Kentucky Kid steps up title defence

Nicky Hayden stepped up his game in Jerez today as he took the first serious steps in the defence of the World Championship title he worked so hard last year to wrestle from the grip of five-time winner Valentino Rossi.

Nicky Hayden stepped up his game in Jerez today as he took the first serious steps in the defence of the World Championship title he worked so hard last year to wrestle from the grip of five-time winner Valentino Rossi. Hayden's form over the winter has been inconsistent as he continues to recover from shoulder surgery and adapt to a smaller bike which certain observers have said does not naturally suit his large frame.

However, Hayden has constantly pushed himself to the limit, regularly clocking the highest number of laps of any participant on test days and in the special 40 minute Official Practice session in southern Spain the signs were there that his reward is coming.

The American rider was the fourth fastest competitor on track during the qualifying simulation with a solid best lap of 1'39.556 the result of his endeavour. Only the Yamaha pair of Rossi and Colin Edwards and Hayden's team-mate Dani Pedrosa were quicker and all four riders are highly likely to have a say in who is crowned 2007 World Champion.

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MotoGP, 2007

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