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Positive lap times please Hayden

Positive lap times please Hayden

Going solo in Malaysia for the Repsol Honda team, with Dani Pedrosa an absentee from the three day excursion to the far East, Nicky Hayden was back onboard the latest version of the Honda RC212V for an extended run in Sepang.

Going solo in Malaysia for the Repsol Honda team, with Dani Pedrosa an absentee from the three day excursion to the far East, Nicky Hayden was back onboard the latest version of the Honda RC212V for an extended run in Sepang.

The 2006 World Champion focused primarily on next season's bike, which he rode for the first time at Valencia in the opening post-season test. Hayden was encouraged from the improvement in times with both machines, despite having to wait it out in the early part of the day as the Sepang track dried out.

"Overall I'm really pleased with today, it's been very positive. We could have ended up with no track time today after getting to the circuit and having to wait three hours for the track to dry," said ‘The Kentucky Kid' after his second day on track. "In the end it was a good day. I went out on the 2007 machine first to confirm a few things and within a handful of laps I'd gone one second faster that yesterday so that was pretty encouraging."

"Then I devoted most of the afternoon to the 2008 machine. We played around with the engine mapping and tried some front tyre options from Michelin. We're still looking for a bit more power but it's not easy, the machine is brand new so all the team is learning."

"After the Valencia test last week we thought it might be a tough ask to come to Sepang and do as well as we have today – we thought we'd be further away, so to do the lap time this afternoon and match the 2007 machine lap time is very positive," added the factory Honda rider, who also had an unfortunate collision with a resident animal which was passing across the track.

"I smoked my first snake, the poor thing. I was just heading through turn 11 when the snake sat up and I saw it but I was committed on the apex of the corner. I picked the machine up and tried to avoid him but caught him with my knee. I'm pretty sure it was a cobra and I'm sorry for it."

Testing in Sepang concludes tomorrow.

Tags:
MotoGP, 2007, Nicky Hayden

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