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Hayden determined ahead of French visit

Hayden determined ahead of French visit

Repsol Honda's Nicky Hayden is determined to kick-start his title defence this weekend as the MotoGP grid arrives at Le Mans for the Alice Grand Prix de France.

Repsol Honda's Nicky Hayden is determined to kick-start his title defence this weekend as the MotoGP grid arrives at Le Mans for the Alice Grand Prix de France. The 25 year-old American has yet to feature on the podium in the opening four races of 2007, but as a run of six European dates in less than two months commences in France Hayden knows it is time to deliver.

Keeping his fans up to date with his latest thoughts via his official website, the ‘Kentucky Kid' commented: "I really need get a good result for myself and for the team in France, we'll definitely be going all out for that. I wouldn't say Le Mans is one of my favourite tracks, but that is just probably because I have never had a very good result there which can take the fun out of any track I guess. So I hope that all changes this week."

"We've still got some distance to go to get the bike working for me and put ourselves in a position to fight for wins, but the guys are right behind me and I know Honda's pushing hard to improve things - and Michelin too."

The Hayden family have been in mourning in recent days, following the tragic news of the death of Ethan Gillim, a 10-year-old cousin of the MotoGP World Champion. Ethan was killed in a riding accident early in May and Hayden aims to honour his cousin's life with a strong performance in Le Mans.

"Things have been tough this year, and when I heard the news Sunday in China of my little cousin getting killed in a flattrack accident, it put things back in perspective really quick. That was a tough one for sure that hit too close to home, but I just hope to give a solid result in his memory. Honestly though, after the week and all that has happened I really can't wait to get back in the saddle and to the sport I love."

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MotoGP, 2007, ALICE GRAND PRIX DE FRANCE, Nicky Hayden

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