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Hayden and Pedrosa differ in opinion on Sachsenring circuit

Hayden and Pedrosa differ in opinion on Sachsenring circuit

World Champion Nicky Hayden has reason to be confident ahead of this weekend's visit to Germany.

World Champion Nicky Hayden has reason to be confident ahead of this weekend's visit to Germany. Back on form after some intensive work onboard his Honda RC212V in the past few weeks, ‘The Kentucky Kid' will this weekend ride at a circuit at which he has taken third place for the past three Grands Prix

Last year Hayden battled for the win right up until the chequered flag, as part of the closest top four in MotoGP history separated by just 0.307s. Sachsenring is well suited to ‘Trick Daddy's' specialty of fast left hand cornering, and it will be interesting to see if the reigning champ can build on his first podium of the season from two weeks ago at Assen.

"I am very excited to go to Germany because I've found a much better set-up and feeling with the machine recently and it's a lot more fun to be riding up front again," says the American. "We've still got some work to do if we want to move up to where the real fun is though. I hope we can continue improving the set-up over the weekend and get the bike turning better. Also we need to dial in the clutch a little more to smooth out the corner entry."

"In the past the Sachsenring has been a good track to me. It's quite tight, short and has been a little bumpy which meant you had to be pretty scrappy to get around there quickly. But I like it – it's got a few fast left-handers and the downhill Waterfall corner is pretty sick. The lap times are always very close as it's a short lap. The word is that the circuit's been repaved for this year which should improve it, so if we can get some good weather to go with it that will be nice. But either way I can't wait to get there."

Hayden's team-mate Dani Pedrosa also has a good record at Sachsenring; bookending the aforementioned top four last year after taking pole, and winning the 250cc German Grands Prix back in 2004 and 2005. He currently lies in third position in the championship, although without a win in over a year he is losing ground on leaders Valentino Rossi and Casey Stoner, and has recently shown signs of impatience.

"I'm looking forward to another good race at Sachsenring. The track is quite tight and it's a short lap which usually leads to some close racing. Last year the result was not bad and I was very close to the podium, though having set pole position and the fastest lap of the race it was a little frustrating to finish fourth of course," notes Pedrosa.

"We'll see if we can improve on that this weekend. It'll be interesting to see how the new 800cc machine differs to last year's 990s. We could be quicker through the tight parts of the track, but then again the straight begins by coming out of an uphill corner which will test the engine, so we'll have to wait and see whether the 800s are quicker. This isn't really my favourite track of the season but it's one where I know I can go well and I'll be looking for a good result here this weekend."


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