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Hayden hoping for improvement on corner exit

Hayden hoping for improvement on corner exit

Continuing his adaptation to riding the Ducati Desmosedici GP9 on the first day of 2009 MotoGP testing on Thursday at Sepang, Nicky Hayden will be hoping to up the pace over the next 48 hours.

Nicky Hayden set about his Malaysia testing programme in a typically methodical manner on Thursday, with his usual hard-working approach, making as few changes as possible to the bike early in the three-day session. The American ended the day eleventh on the timesheets and was just over two seconds off the pace.

The former World Champion is happy with his new bike’s performance on corner entry, but despite adapting well to the new specification Bridgestone tyres he is still looking for more stability from the machine as he exits corners.

Hayden commented, “We started out with the same set-up as Jerez, because after two months without riding it was better to go with something we knew. We haven’t made massive changes over the course of the day, mainly because before we do that I need to pick up my own pace. The bike feels good on the brakes and it is stable and precise in the fast corners.”

“I’m struggling a bit on corner exit though because it still tends to pump quite a lot and I’m not used to that yet. We’re working to reduce it and we’ve got a couple of ideas that we’ll check out over the next two days.”

On Bridgestone’s role as the sole tyre supplier for 2009, Hayden added, “I like the new tyre rule. We’d got to a point where we were working too much on the tyres and there wasn’t enough time to work on the set-up of the bike. Now we just have a choice of two tyres, both of which work well - even though I’m not able to get the most out of the harder compound yet - and that makes the job much easier for the team.”

MotoGP, 2009, Nicky Hayden, Ducati Marlboro Team

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