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`Lesson learnt´ for Hayden despite home disappointment

`Lesson learnt´ for Hayden despite home disappointment

2006 MotoGP World Champion Nicky Hayden pinpointed tyre problems as the main factor keeping him off the podium stateside.

Home rider Nicky Hayden had been expecting more from the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix, but felt that both he, Repsol Honda and Michelin had taken an important lesson from their visit to Laguna Seca. He finished fifth, having targeted a podium to conclude the pre-summer break activity.

Nicky Hayden – Fifth

`Obviously at my home race I´d hoped to be able to put up a better fight than that. It was certainly a tough weekend, we struggled a bit with the tyres we had available. We really had only two race tyres, the one I used in practice I kept using again and again, I used it Friday, Saturday and again this morning, by the end it had 35 laps on it. I think I learned a good lesson, we set up the bike on quite old tyres. In the race when we put in a grippy new race tyre the balance of the bike changed a lot, so it was pushing the front in a lot of places. I would´ve liked to have been closer to the front but I think we learned a good lesson. Now we´ve got a few weeks off, so we´ll regroup and try to finish the year strong. Hopefully I can improve and they can do some work in Japan.´

MotoGP, 2008, RED BULL U.S. GRAND PRIX, Nicky Hayden, Repsol Honda Team

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