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Hayden and Pedrosa make incremental improvements in Assen

Hayden and Pedrosa make incremental improvements in Assen

Repsol Honda´s Nicky Hayden and Dani Pedrosa aiming to gain further places after fourth and ninth in Assen timesheets.

They may be using different engines for the second consecutive race, but Repsol Honda´s Nicky Hayden and Dani Pedrosa are united in looking to step up a gear and compete with the likes of Casey Stoner after two practice sessions in Assen.

Nicky Hayden - Fourth

`It´s nice to finally see a little bit of summer weather starting to hit Europe. The track is in great condition, they did a great job of having it clean, so we were able to get up to speed a lot faster than last year. All in all it´s been a pretty solid day. We made a little bit of an improvement this afternoon. I wasn´t able to improve my best time by much but I was able to be a lot more consistent out there. I was hoping to go a little quicker at the end which didn´t happen. The bike´s working pretty well here but we´re certainly going to have to step it up a bit to get in there and be really competitive. We´ve got a few ideas to try and make it a little bit better tomorrow, the rider too.´

Dani Pedrosa - Ninth

`During the afternoon session we tried a different settings solution for the chassis in an effort to improve my feeling thorough all the changes of directions here, but it didn´t give the results we had expected, so I couldn´t be fast as I wanted this afternoon. We also tested some tyres, looking for the best solution for Saturday. But the big question mark is once again the weather; we can´t be sure about what the weather will do tomorrow but it looks like it may be wet so we tried to get as much work as possible done during the course of today´s two sessions. Tomorrow, weather permitting, we will keep on working on the set-up to improve our race pace.´

MotoGP, 2008, A-STYLE TT ASSEN, Nicky Hayden, Dani Pedrosa, Repsol Honda Team

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