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Hayden heads home awaiting new engine

Hayden heads home awaiting new engine

An already sparse MotoGP field in Sepang is to be reduced even further on day three of testing at the Malaysian circuit, with 2006 MotoGP World Champion Nicky Hayden heading home early after completing his testing schedule for the week.

An already sparse MotoGP field in Sepang is to be reduced even further on day three of testing at the Malaysian circuit, with 2006 MotoGP World Champion Nicky Hayden heading home early after completing his testing schedule for the week.

‘Trick Daddy' was using the more conventional engine for his Honda RC212V in the sweltering heat of Sepang, a move that he admitted last week in Phillip Island was a regression brought about by circumstance. Concentrating his work on chassis comparison and tyre testing over the most recent two days, reinforcements will come in Jerez courtesy of a new motor for both himself and Repsol Honda team-mate Dani Pedrosa –should the Spaniard be fit for the Official Test.

"All-in-all it was a positive two days of testing, not too bad," said Hayden after his 90-lap second day stint in Malaysia. "The team have worked extremely hard for me from day one of testing this year, the HRC engineers and the mechanics . Today we didn't focus on just one thing but worked on chassis comparison tests and working on tyres with Michelin."

With even the Yamaha test riders using Bridgestone tyres, it was left to Hayden and Jorge Lorenzo to continue work with Michelin rubber yesterday and today. Whilst the American's experience with new tyres was positive, there was once again a return to the tried and tested materials.

"The track surface temperature was as high as it's ever been here and we got some positive feedback on tyres in the conditions," continued Hayden. "We found a good rear that gives good grip on the edge of the tyre. The front we tried was OK but we went back to the front tyre we had used at the last test. The chassis is now OK and we will have the new engine ready for the next test. It's been a pretty busy time and we go at it again in Jerez before the big show opens."

Hayden now returns home to Owensborough, Kentucky for a short rest before the Official Test on February 16th.

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

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