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Hayden looking for improvements on day two

Hayden looking for improvements on day two

Reigning World Champion Nicky Hayden (Repsol Honda) was eighth on the timesheet in both free practice sessions on the first day of the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix and therefore today goes in search of a better race set-up in front of his legions of American fans at Laguna Seca.

Reigning World Champion Nicky Hayden (Repsol Honda) was eighth on the timesheet in both free practice sessions on the first day of the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix and therefore today goes in search of a better race set-up in front of his legions of American fans at Laguna Seca.

Friday saw The Kentucky Kid improve on his first free practice time by 0.748s in the afternoon, to lap within 0.771s of opening day pace setter Casey Stoner - after being more than a second slower than the pretender to his crown in FP1.

With grip levels at the newly resurfaced California circuit still not quite up to his expectations, the MotoGP World title holder experienced some problems achieving maximum traction as he worked on optimum machine settings and tyre choice for the his home race.

The 25 year-old champion commented: Coming home wasnt enough to cure our problems. It wasnt a good start really. We wanted a little bit more but its hard to find a direction here. So weve definitely got to re-evaluate some stuff, maybe we need to go down a different path to try to close the gap, because were along way away right now.

Following Repsol Honda´s dominant one-two finish last year, where Hayden scored a second successive home Grand Prix win ahead of team-mate Dani Pedrosa, he will be intent on taking steps forward in the first Saturday session - ahead of the customary one-hour qualifying session later today.

To celebrate his home Grand Prix Hayden is sporting a special one-off helmet design this weekend, featuring iconic landmarks from the United States. As well as images of Mount Rushmore and the Statue of Liberty, the reigning World Champion has also chosen Churchill Downs the venue of the Kentucky Derby horse race in recognition of his home state.

To see Haydens full motogp.com interview follow the video link on the left.

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MotoGP, 2007, RED BULL U.S. GRAND PRIX, Nicky Hayden

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