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Hayden completes Motegi test at head of depleted field

Hayden completes Motegi test at head of depleted field

MotoGP action at Motegi concluded for the 2007 season today, with a depleted field of just five riders undertaking laps at the Japanese circuit on day two.

MotoGP action at Motegi concluded for the 2007 season today, with a depleted field of just five riders undertaking laps at the Japanese circuit on day two.

The 2006 World Champion Nicky Hayden was once again on his lonesome for Repsol Honda, team-mate Dani Pedrosa having returned home yesterday for tests on his injured foot. ‘The Kentucky Kid' had an 89 lap run to close his stay at Motegi, clocking a fastest time of 1'47.277 in what was a successful test at Honda's home track.

The only other regular on the MotoGP grid to make an appearance was Chris Vermeulen, yesterday's fastest rider. The Australian was accompanied by Suzuki test team duo Kousuke Akiyoshi, a wild card at Motegi, and Nobuatsu Aoki - who rode the 2008 prototype and will make a wild card appearance himself in Malaysia.

The five-man line-up was completed by former MotoGP participant and current HRC tester Tadayuki Okada.

Hayden assessed the two days of work, in which he focused on improvements for 2008, before heading back stateside for some well-deserved rest.

"Well, we almost had Motegi to ourselves – there weren't a lot of guys going around out there. We did a lot more work today, testing the new fairing and some clutch parts," explained ‘Trick Daddy'.

"It was not so much parts we might be using this year but more likely some items for next season. It went pretty well and we were able to start stringing the 1m 47s laps together and I got down a lot deeper into the 47s than I was able to over the race weekend."

"We also tested some Michelins and I found a front tyre that was an improvement for me. With the tyre rule it's always going to be a bit of a gamble deciding if you want to put something new into your allocation though, especially at Phillip Island because you've got be ready for everything with the changeable weather there."

"Anyway, a big thanks to the team for staying here and working hard again – right now we need to make all the progress we can. Now we get to head home, which doesn't sound like a bad place to be. The last few weeks have been pretty hectic so it's time to just chill out for a while and wait it out until Friday morning at Phillip Island where we'll get another crack at these boys. We've got three more chances and we'll being going all out."

Motegi Test - Day Two - Unofficial Times
1. Nicky Hayden - Repsol Honda- 1'47.277
2. Kousuke Akiyoshi - Rizla Suzuki- 1'48.040
3. Chris Vermeulen - Rizla Suzuki- 1'48'141
4. Tadayuki Okada - HRC Test Team- 1'49.062
5. Nobuatsu Aoki - Rizla Suzuki- 1'50.211

Tags:
MotoGP, 2007, A-STYLE GRAND PRIX OF JAPAN, Nicky Hayden

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