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Hayden tries out pneumatic valve Honda engine

Hayden tries out pneumatic valve Honda engine

The story of Honda's search for additional power took on a new twist on the second day of testing in Sepang, with factory rider Nicky Hayden switching from a conventional to pneumatic valve motor to assess the direction to take the RC212V project.

The story of Honda's search for additional power took on a new twist on the second day of testing in Sepang, with factory rider Nicky Hayden switching from a conventional to pneumatic valve motor to assess the direction to take the RC212V project.

The American was once again the rider with the most laps beside his name in Malaysia, going round 66 times on another humid day in South East Asia. The 2006 World Champion has a small increase in workload to which to adjust, with team-mate Dani Pedrosa playing no further part in testing after suffering a broken hand.

Whilst only tenth in the timesheets, Hayden still managed to better his times from yesterday, and emphasized the progressive nature of preseason testing when talking to motogp.com.

"We're just chipping away at it; I can't say that everything went silky smooth but we'll keep working at it and the season will be here before we know it," said ‘The Kentucky Kid'.

"We used the standard engine in the morning. I set my fastest lap, then we started using the pneumatic valve engine after about 25 laps. With that engine the bike did feel more like the prototype I rode last November, I guess because the bike was designed to have that engine, so maybe the extra weight makes it work a bit better.

"We did have a few little issues with the engine, it's got smoother power and more rpm but top speed is a bit down, plus I was coming in every 12 laps to check the system so it wasn't so easy to get into a rhythm," added Hayden, who could continue to use said engine in further tests with the RC212V.

"I think the pneumatic valves are the way to go because that engine's got more potential. We also tested a clutch with the pneumatic valve engine, plus some setting parts and fuel injection, more engine type of stuff."

Tags:
MotoGP, 2008, Nicky Hayden, Repsol Honda Team

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