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Hayden grateful for Honda hard graft

Hayden grateful for Honda hard graft

Heading into his first season since relinquishing the number one plate to Casey Stoner, 2006 MotoGP World Champion Nicky Hayden has been a busy man over the past few weeks.

Heading into his first season since relinquishing the number one plate to Casey Stoner, 2006 MotoGP World Champion Nicky Hayden has been a busy man over the past few weeks. Three tests in as many weeks for the Kentucky Kid have made him the rider with the most laps to his name so far in 2008, although the American believes that his is perhaps the least high-pressure role undertaken at the moment

I have to give many thanks to all my team and the HRC staff for putting in a hard month with the bike builds in Japan in early January, notes Hayden in his online diary. People see the riders work so hard testing all day in the Malaysian heat and stuff, but Im convinced that weve got the easy part; the teams work so hard.

The Repsol Honda rider has been experimenting with several directions to take the Honda RC212V in 2008, with tests involving both a pneumatic valve and conventional engine spanning two different tracks in Sepang and Phillip Island. Hayden feels that progress is being made but, as ever, the baptism of fire will be the opening race of the season.

Were well into the 08 testing now and things seem to be rolling along pretty well. It was cool to go to the first test and have two brand spanking new factory HRC Honda MotoGP bikes waiting for me with my numbers on them, assesses Trick Daddy.

I mean every nut and bolt is brand new!! Were not really going to find what were in for until the opener in Qatar. Things dont seem to have changed much... a few new faces in there, but mostly the main contenders who look as strong as ever. But like I said well see everybodys full hand in Qatar under the lights... That´s going to be pretty wild!

The former World Champion, alongside currently out-of-action team-mate Dani Pedrosa and lower cylinder category riders Julian Simon, Marc Marquez and Esteve Rabat, will be presented as part of team title sponsor Repsol in an event held in Zaragoza, Spain, this Thursday. A further presentation will take place in Japan on February 21st, with Hayden, Pedrosa and Shinya Nakano attending the Honda Racing 2008 unveiling in Tokyo.

In between public appearances remains the by no means inconsequential matter of the MotoGP Official Test in Jerez, at which the factory rider will be looking to both further the development of the bike and take home a BMW sports car as part of the special qualifying session this Sunday.

Weve still got a few more tests, but at the next one, things start warming up a little at Round 0´ when they have the shootout for the free Beamer. But we still have a lot of work to do! comments Hayden, one of the favourites to pick up a new set of wheels in the Spanish city.

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

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