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Hayden second quickest in afternoon rain

Hayden second quickest in afternoon rain

Repsol Honda rider Nicky Hayden excelled in the adverse conditions on Friday at Mugello, the American leading the morning session at one point and ending the afternoon outing second fastest.

Second quickest in FP2, on combined session times Nicky Hayden was 12th overall - while team-mate Dani Pedrosa was eighth and wild card rider Tadayuki Okada 17th.

Dani Pedrosa - 8th

`This morning track conditions were 50/50, not completely dry, not completely wet. We started working on wet set-up and we needed to do a lot of testing. We also tested different rain tyres as the track conditions always change a lot when it´s raining. In the afternoon the track was properly wet, in one area there was a lot of standing water which made riding quite dangerous. At the end of the session the rainfall slowed and the lap times improved. If it´s wet again tomorrow we are in quite good shape, though there is still room for improvement. If it´s dry, as the weather forecast suggests, it will be a completely new story as far as set-up is concerned. Mugello is a very technical and demanding track where you need perfect chassis settings. So if it´s dry tomorrow we will have to work hard for the race.´

Nicky Hayden - 12th

`Everything went pretty smooth today apart from the weather. This morning right at the end it didn´t look good because we were on wets and the guys on slicks took a lot of time out of us, but earlier when it was raining, we were on top with not long to go. This afternoon at the beginning things weren´t great, we were maybe a little bit too hard on set-up, then when the heavy rain stopped the tyres and bike worked better. We tried a few things for the rain but we ended up with the bike exactly how it was when we got it off the truck and that seems the best set-up for us. I know it´s only in the wet, but the way things went at Le Mans, it´s certainly a bit more fun when you´re near the front and competitive, whether it´s wet or dry or snowing or whatever. If it´s dry tomorrow it´ll be really important to make the most of the two hours for the race on Sunday.´

Tadayuki Okada - 17th

`When I crashed, it was my second lap on new tyres and they were not warm enough, so when I braked the front end tucked under. Until then, I was setting up the machine smoothly. Although it is almost eight years since I last raced in a GP I had a good feeling and felt confident riding with the other riders. Of course, wet conditions hide the subtle differences between settings changes, so we will have to see how it goes in the dry. I hope it will be dry tomorrow and that I can find a good set-up for the race.´

Tags:
MotoGP, 2008, GRAN PREMIO D'ITALIA ALICE, Dani Pedrosa, Nicky Hayden, Repsol Honda Team

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