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Second fastest Hayden frustrated in Phillip Island

Second fastest Hayden frustrated in Phillip Island

Second on the timesheets at the conclusion of testing in Phillip Island, 2006 MotoGP World Champion Nicky Hayden was nonetheless displeased with the results of the three days on track with the Honda RC212V.

Second on the timesheets at the conclusion of testing in Phillip Island, 2006 MotoGP World Champion Nicky Hayden was nonetheless displeased with the results of the three days on track with the Honda RC212V.

Once again, the American put in a huge amount of laps as part of his testing schedule, with 102 turns of the Australian circuit. However, it was Michelin qualifying tyres that flattered to deceive with ‘Trick Daddy's times, as he was only able to take big steps forward when on smaller runs.

"We ended up not too bad but it'd be nicer to be faster on race tyres. To be honest, it's been a frustrating couple of days here. We got into the 31s about the fourth exit from the pits on the first day and really we haven't been able to go any faster since then, except with the qualifiers, which were good," analysed Hayden, the sole Repsol Honda rider on track this week with team-mate Dani Pedrosa out injured.

"We've chased our tail a bit and I haven't really found a batch of race tyres I like. I struggled a lot when I was here for last year's race, but I did find something I liked. I didn't have that option this week, so I can't say I'm completely happy with the combination of bike, rider and tyres.

"We tried the pneumatic valve engine and the conventional spec engine in the new chassis at this test. We did a lot of tyre testing with Michelin using the conventional engine. The chassis did some good stuff but not enough through this fast stuff here," added the ‘Kentucky Kid', who is hopeful of an improvement when he once again goes solo in Sepang next week.

"We left Sepang last week in a positive way and it's still early days, there's a lot of work still to be done. Now we go back to Malaysia for two days, we've got a few days off and then keep trying to chip away at it."

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

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