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Hayden marathon session prepares champion for Portugal

Hayden marathon session prepares champion for Portugal

Although he could have been forgiven for slacking off after another cruel twist of fate at Misano, reigning MotoGP World Champion Nicky Hayden showed the desire and diligence that has come to be expected of the Repsol Honda rider in yesterday's post-race test.

Although he could have been forgiven for slacking off after another cruel twist of fate at Misano, reigning MotoGP World Champion Nicky Hayden showed the desire and diligence that has come to be expected of the Repsol Honda rider in yesterday's post-race test.

An incredible 134 laps of the newest ‘re-addition' to the MotoGP calendar were added to Hayden's total in a marathon run-out, lasting three and a half hours and concentrating largely on collaborative work with tyre manufacturer Michelin.

"I'm pretty happy with this test. I did a 1m 34.2s lap on race tyres which is quite decent and it actually makes the first lap incident yesterday even more frustrating. We were probably closer to the pace yesterday than even I had thought, because today, without really making any changes, we were able to go quite a lot quicker," said Hayden, who was forced to take evasive action to avoid a collision between team-mate Dani Pedrosa and Kawasaki's Randy de Puniet in the opening stages of Sunday's race.

"Also when I ran off track yesterday it cut the tyre and so we weren't able to learn anything in the race. I'm not going to fool anybody and say we had anything to match Stoner but I was able to lap pretty comfortably at 1m 34s pace this afternoon. The track condition improved and that helped quite a bit too. We did some serious work with Michelin and they are really putting in the effort, though I can't say we found a whole lot because towards the end I went back to a reference tyre and did my best lap of the weekend. The team did a really good job and worked hard so a big thanks to them – they're as committed as ever. We'll go to Portugal and try to use some of this information."

‘Trick Daddy' will now get ready for a return to Estoril, the scene of one of the most dramatic incidents of his career last season when he was taken out of the race and seemingly out of the title hunt by Pedrosa, looking to make amends for his recent misfortune.

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MotoGP, 2007, GP CINZANO DI SAN MARINO E DELLA RIVIERA DI RIMINI, Nicky Hayden

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