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Positive finish with Honda Hayden´s main objective

Positive finish with Honda Hayden´s main objective

Before his last two races as a Honda rider Nicky Hayden thanked HRC for their support and stated his desire to leave Repsol Honda on a positive note.

Having hit a patch of good form following his return from injury and with an exciting switch to Ducati Marlboro ahead of him, Nicky Hayden is in a highly positive frame of mind at present.

Up to sixth in the World Championship classification on the back of his recent run (second at Indianapolis, fifth at Motegi and third at Phillip Island) Hayden goes into his last two races with Repsol Honda chasing down the man replacing him in the team, Andrea Dovizioso, for a place in the top five in the final standings.

After six seasons with Honda in MotoGP, the 2006 World Champion Hayden wants to remain competitive in his farewell pair of GPs and is grateful for the effort of those around him – especially since bouncing back from his foot injury and since his move to Ducati was announced.

`The last few races have been a lot of fun and made me pretty happy,´ commented Hayden. `We need more, but it´s nice to be competitive. I owe a big thanks to everyone involved – Honda, Michelin and all the guys from Yamano (Repsol Honda team manager) all the way through, because it would have been real easy to fold up on me, but the easy way is just not our style.´

Previewing this weekend´s Polini Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix at a venue where his best result is fourth place (achieved three years consecutively from 2004-2006) the American rider stated, `No one can say they don´t know Sepang, it seems like we spend half the year there. Last year we did three tests and a race there, so the nearby airport hotel is like your second home. We spend about four weeks a year there, so you walk in and it´s scary because the people know you! Sepang is a great track. I like it, our bike has been running good, and you need a bike that´s running fast there.´

On the specifics of the Malaysian track he added, `Its got a little bit of everything: some hard braking, some pretty quick corners like turns five and six. I think that´s why we test there so much, you can´t fake it there because both the bike and the rider have got to be able to do everything pretty good.´

MotoGP, 2008, POLINI MALAYSIAN MOTORCYCLE GRAND PRIX, Nicky Hayden, Repsol Honda Team

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