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Hayden desperate to improve form

Hayden desperate to improve form

It is well documented that MotoGP's reigning World Champion is not having the best of times at present. The season-opening Commercialbank Grand Prix of Qatar in Doha saw Nicky Hayden start in ninth place on the grid and finish the race eighth as he began his title defence.

It is well documented that MotoGP's reigning World Champion is not having the best of times at present. The season-opening Commercialbank Grand Prix of Qatar in Doha saw Nicky Hayden start in ninth place on the grid and finish the race eighth as he began his title defence.

That result is not considered good enough by the Kentucky Kid who has struggled to fully adapt to life onboard the RC212V since testing began last year. The bike will need tweaking and a good set-up has to be found before Hayden can become fully competitive again.

But with Valentino Rossi already looking good at the start of a season in which he is desperate to reclaim the title he held for five years and Casey Stoner sensationally setting down a clear marker with an awesome display of power from the Desmosedici GP07 in Qatar Hayden has plenty to do.

However, in winning the World Championship last year 25 year-old Hayden proved that he is unafraid of hard work and relishes the challenge when faced with adversity.

Speaking after yesterday's race he commented: "I tried to learn as much as I could in the race. I really felt like I rode my hardest and had some good dices with a few of the guys – I just about caught Vermeulen on the last lap and I got faster as the race went on. My last two laps were my fastest laps of the race and that's the positive thing. It's been a tough weekend but I'm not going to whine and make a bunch of excuses. I qualified ninth and finished eight and, compared to the top boys, we've just been off the pace for the whole weekend. The biggest problem is confidence in the front and getting the bike to steer how I want it to. I want to say thanks to the team because those guys have been working hard. We'll stay here to test tomorrow and try to figure out some improvements, and hopefully be a lot closer when we get to the next race at Jerez."

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MotoGP, 2007, Commercialbank GRAND PRIX OF QATAR, Nicky Hayden

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