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Hayden puts in typical marathon shift

Hayden puts in typical marathon shift

Repsol Honda's former MotoGP World Champion Nicky Hayden put in one of his trademark long shifts on the opening day of test proceedings at Phillip Island on Wednesday, gathering crucial engine data for his team with 107 laps of the Australian track.

Repsol Honda's former MotoGP World Champion Nicky Hayden put in one of his trademark long shifts on the opening day of test proceedings at Phillip Island on Wednesday, gathering crucial engine data for his team with 107 laps of the Australian track.

The likeable American put the new Honda RC212V through its paces testing both the latest pneumatic-valve engine and the conventional spring engine, concentrating on the latter in afternoon session and producing a time of 1'31.226s on his 96th lap of the day.

That lap saw him placed eighth on the final timesheet using only race tyres, having gone fastest on the final day of testing last week at Sepang courtesy of a hot lap on qualifying compounds.

With colleague Dani Pedrosa not present due to his hand injury, Hayden is sure to have a busy schedule over the next 48 hours at the Island, with chassis, suspension and tyre tests to be undertaken.

Summarising day one Hayden commented: "This is a completely different track to Sepang, so we needed to reconfirm what we learned last week. That's been the plan today and we've been using reference tyres. We've not been doing any tyre testing so far, mainly just checking settings."

"This morning we checked both engines because the team needs data with the pneumatic valve engine too. The track seems to be in great shape and the weather's good, so we've gotten a lot done."

Looking ahead to the start of the season Hayden concluded: "So far preseason is going well for us but nothing really matters until we get to that first race. I'm just working as hard as I can with the team so I can make the most of the opportunities and hopefully when we get to that race we'll be ready to make some noise. Michelin is definitely working hard and we've seen some progress. Right now we're positive."

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

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