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All focus on Laguna for Hayden

All focus on Laguna for Hayden

After Nicky Hayden's second podium in successive World Championship rounds at Sachsenring on Sunday the Repsol Honda rider was immediately looking ahead to his home race at the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix this weekend.

After Nicky Hayden's second podium in successive World Championship rounds at Sachsenring on Sunday the Repsol Honda rider was immediately looking ahead to his home race at the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix this weekend.

The reigning World Champion is hitting form just in time for his most important race of the season at the Laguna Seca circuit in California and will have taken plenty of confidence from a blitzing ride in the Alice Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland – in which he came from fourteenth on the grid to take third place on German soil for the fourth consecutive year.

Looking increasingly competitive with each race since the recent modification of his RC212V, the 25 year old Kentuckian joked in the Sachsenring post-race press conference that he would have to check on his availability to participate in the American Grand Prix, where he will be looking for a third win in three years in front of the home fans.

Hayden quipped: "I'll have to clear the calendar! Yeah, of course I'm looking forward to Laguna, but I know it's going to be really tough this year. I haven't really been close to a win this year, as far distance from the front goes, so I know I'm going to have to up my game a lot. I need to put a weekend together, I can't qualify fourteenth or be seventeenth one session. I need to be there every session and be up front."

The premier class title holder also expressed his thoughts on the role tyre selection will play at the Californian track this weekend, commenting: "The big thing is to just see what the tyres do, with this new tyre rule it's quite sketchy. It's just really strange. You've got to save your good tyres for Saturday afternoon and then maybe run a different tyre on Sunday morning, because you don't have the ones you like. So I hope Michelin bring us something really good there and we'll definitely bring all we've got and try to do it again. But, we'll just go and have fun at my home race and see what happens."

To see Hayden's full interview follow the link on the left.

Tags:
MotoGP, 2007, ALICE MOTORRAD GRAND PRIX DEUTSCHLAND, Nicky Hayden

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