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Hayden ends the year on a positive note

Hayden ends the year on a positive note

At the end of a year which did not go quite according to plan for the 2006 World Champion Nicky Hayden, the Repsol Honda rider took some positive steps this week in Jerez.

At the end of a year which did not go quite according to plan for the 2006 World Champion Nicky Hayden, the Repsol Honda rider took some positive steps this week in Jerez.

As MotoGP activity concluded for 2007, Hayden worked as tirelessly as ever at the southern Spanish track with his new RC212V and having finished just behind team-mate Dan Pedrosa as the second fastest rider on the last day, the American believes there is plenty to be optimistic about as the winter break commences.

Reviewing the post-season tests as whole Hayden commented: "Actually we've been making some progress. When we first got it at Valencia there were a couple of little issues with the engine and we've been trying to get a bit more speed out of it, but immediately I felt really comfortable with it. I'm really at home on the chassis and have had a good feeling on it."

"So we've been trying to work on smoothing out the power, get it a bit more ‘rideable' and this has been the first test where we have been able to focus entirely on it. I'm pretty encouraged, I think we've got a good base."

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MotoGP, 2007

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