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Hayden OK despite early crash

Hayden OK despite early crash

Repsol Hondas Nicky Hayden had his new for 2008 RC212V primed for action in the testing sessions at Sepang today but an early crash followed by some afternoon rain saw the updated 800cc prototype remain unused on day one in Malaysia.

Repsol Hondas Nicky Hayden had his new for 2008 RC212V primed for action in the testing sessions at Sepang today but an early crash followed by some afternoon rain saw the updated 800cc prototype remain unused on day one in Malaysia.

Having unveiled the new bike for brief tests at Valencia last week the Repsol Honda team played it safe by keeping Hayden on the 2007 model today and the American was unclear as to exactly what caused his tumble, with Randy de Puniet and James Toseland also hitting the deck in the same area of the of the track.

Everything didnt exactly get off to a good start today and crashing on the fifth lap of a three-day test isnt so smart, remarked Hayden. I was going pretty slow and Im OK but it was very bright and I didnt notice the damp patches on the track. I was just about to get off the brakes when I went down.

Its the oldest excuse in the book to say, There must have been something on the track, but three guys went down in the same place so early. That kind of put us on the back foot but the boys fixed the bike and we got in some decent laps. With the track being damp in the morning and the rain coming after lunch we didnt get a whole lot done, but well come back ready for a full days work tomorrow.

Meanwhile, with further developments to the new Repsol Honda machinery in the pipeline before the final test of the year in Jerez at the end of November, Haydens team-mate Dani Pedrosa has elected not to ride in Sepang.

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MotoGP, 2007, Nicky Hayden

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