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Hayden looking to ‘sweeten up' riding style

Hayden looking to ‘sweeten up' riding style

World Champion Nicky Hayden has been hard at work trying to adjust to the new Honda RC212V, with the 800cc bike still providing the ‘Kentucky Kid' with a tricky adaptation process.

World Champion Nicky Hayden has been hard at work trying to adjust to the new Honda RC212V, with the 800cc bike still providing the ‘Kentucky Kid' with a tricky adaptation process. However, Hayden appears to have hit a breakthrough in terms of recognising the needs of the Honda factory machine, as he explained to the Speed Channel in his home country over the weekend.

"I still haven't adapted to the bike as I would have liked," commented ‘Trick Daddy'. "You definitely need a different riding style, a little bit sweeter looking to corner it fast. I grew up on the dirt tracks, with a style where you cut the corner then open up, but this doesn't work with the 800cc. I have a lot of work to do, but the positive side is that I was closer to the leading riders at Jerez than I was at the first race. I have to improve….and it's not just me, it's the bike as well."

"I have to get more confident. With the 990cc we used traction control to sweeten the power delivery, but with the 800cc we need all the power that we can get," concluded Hayden.

The popular American also let slip that he may pay a fleeting visit to students at the Freddie Spencer Riding School before he heads to Turkey for round three of the MotoGP World Championship.

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MotoGP, 2007, Nicky Hayden

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