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Hayden unhurt in late crash

Hayden unhurt in late crash

Escaping unhurt after a late crash at Sepang on the first day of testing on MotoGPs second pre-season visit of 2008 to the South East Asian circuit, the former World Champion Nicky Hayden was second on the timesheet, trailing only Valentino Rossis best lap set on qualifiers.

Escaping unhurt after a late crash at Sepang on the first day of testing on MotoGPs second pre-season visit of 2008 to the South East Asian circuit, the former World Champion Nicky Hayden was second on the timesheet, trailing only Valentino Rossis best lap set on qualifiers.

The Kentucky Kid was more fortunate than his Repsol Honda team-mate Dani Pedrosa who suffered a broken hand at the same venue in a spectacular accident two weeks ago and Hayden is expected back on track on Wednesday to continue working with the new RC212V chassis and Michelins latest tyre updates.

Haydens mechanics have offered him slight geometry variations to improve balance and rear grip on day one, whilst the rider himself gave plenty of data back to his technicians with a typically hard-working 80 lap shift.

Although Hayden still awaits further engine updates from Honda ahead of the forthcoming season he is already diligently plugging away in hope of re-discovering the competitiveness which earned him the 2006 title.

From the paddock in Malaysia he commented: ´The guys changed the geometry a little on the 2008 chassis and the bike had a better balance so we made some progress there.´

´Michelin gave me a couple of rear tyres I really liked, one 16 inch and one 16.5, and both have good grip on the edge of the tyre and the bike felt a lot better.´

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MotoGP, 2008

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