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Hayden and Pedrosa setting new targets for 2007 season

Hayden and Pedrosa setting new targets for 2007 season

World Champion Nicky Hayden is keen to recommence proceedings in his title defending season after a short summer break, during which the first lap misfortune experienced at his home circuit less than a month ago must have weighed heavily on his mind.

World Champion Nicky Hayden is keen to recommence proceedings in his title defending season after a short summer break, during which the first lap misfortune experienced at his home circuit less than a month ago must have weighed heavily on his mind. ‘Trick Daddy' had been on his best run of form since the introduction of the 800cc machines before the U.S. date, racking up consecutive podium finishes at Assen and Sachsenring, and now looks to be getting into the swing of things behind the bars of the Honda RC212V.

"Well it's time to pack the bags back up and hit the road again which is good news for me. It's been a nice few weeks off and maybe just what I needed, but the truth is I'm glad the holidays are over because I'm definitely ready to get back on the bike," says Hayden. "I can't really say I've been doing anything too exciting during the break – really just chilling out a bit and getting ready to make a fresh start and salvage what we can from the season. I have spent some time down in Florida with my trainer Aldon Baker and his other riders Ricky Carmichael and Ben Townley doing some fitness work, but not much else too exciting to report.

"Brno is a track I quite like – I think most of the guys do because it's pretty exciting with climbs and downhill sections, and even though the surface is getting pretty used it's still got good grip. It's also a track where horsepower is your friend with some big uphill sections and pretty long straights. So it will be exciting to see what HRC brings back to the party this weekend."

Team-mate Dani Pedrosa is also eager to ride again, but appears resigned to a supporting role in the World Championship as Casey Stoner and Valentino Rossi exert their authority on the top two places. The third placed rider is instead focusing on competitive rides at every track that remains on the calendar, the latest of which is the Brno circuit where he has won twice in the lower cylinder categories.

"I'm really looking forward to the Brno race because I feel in good condition and ready to go for it again," explains the Spaniard. "I've taken some holiday on the beach and spent time relaxing both the mind and the body which was really good, and then I got back into training as normal. I hope that we can find a strong package for Brno and that everything is correct and we can do a good job. The track has been good to me and I've had a couple of wins there so I'm feeling confident. It's a good challenge with high speed corners, both uphill and downhill – plus it's wide which means there's scope to try different lines.

"The target for the season now is to do as good a job as possible and fight at the front for wins. I'm not thinking about the championship really because our priority is to make sure we have a competitive package at every race and can challenge at the front. Only then could I be thinking about the championship."

Tags:
MotoGP, 2007, CARDION AB GRAND PRIX ČESKÉ REPUBLIKY, Nicky Hayden, Dani Pedrosa

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