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Hayden could revert to 2007 Honda RC212V this weekend

Hayden could revert to 2007 Honda RC212V this weekend

With mixed preseason results onboard his 2008 bike, Nicky Hayden and his Repsol Honda crew have a back-up plan for the Commercialbank Grand Prix of Qatar, namely the 2007 RC212V.

With mixed preseason results onboard his 2008 bike, Nicky Hayden and his Repsol Honda crew have a back-up plan for the Commercialbank Grand Prix of Qatar, namely the 2007 RC212V.

Trials with pneumatic valve engines and an update of the standard motor have not brought any great breakthrough for the 2006 World Champion, left to develop the new bike on his own for much of the preseason due to team-mate Dani Pedrosa's injury at the start of this year. Thus, ‘Trick Daddy' has decided to go keep his options open by bringing along one version of both the 2007 and 2008 machines for use over the weekend.

"We have one of last year's bike here and one of this year's," said ‘The Kentucky Kid' at a presentation by official MotoGP timekeepers Tissot before his first practice session for the floodlit race. "The engines are very close as we were using last year's engine anyway. There will be a lot of work to do this week to get a few opportunities and a few options. We'll see how it goes."

"We're really excited to be here this weekend and to have this opportunity to be racing MotoGP for the first race under the lights, it will be awesome. I want to have a good weekend, have fun, enjoy it and learn some stuff, sure we may not be as ready as we want, but ready or not we're gonna bring all we got."

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MotoGP, 2008, Commercialbank GRAND PRIX OF QATAR, Nicky Hayden, Repsol Honda Team

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