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Hayden makes morning improvement before progress slows

Hayden makes morning improvement before progress slows

Nicky Hayden improved his pace at Sepang on Friday morning but the afternoon at the Malaysian circuit proved to be more problematic than expected.

New Ducati recruit Nicky Hayden made an encouraging start to the day on Friday as he quickly improved on his Thursday pace, but the American then struggled to find the next step forward with the set-up of his Desmosedici GP9.

It was only towards the end of the day, when he went back towards his initial settings, that the man from Kentucky felt comfortable again. He explained, “We made a big improvement immediately this morning on used tyres and I was able knock a second off my best time from yesterday. We struggled a bit in the afternoon, though, and didn’t manage to improve any further. I can’t push it on the harder compound tyre because it makes the rear move around so much more and the bike becomes unstable.”

The 2006 World Champion continued, “At the end of the session we made a little change that improved the situation and I was able to get back onto my better lap times. The Bridgestones are really consistent and that makes our job a lot easier. Today I did 35 laps on the same front tyre without any problems! We know and I know that there is a lot of work to be done. Everything is still very new to me – the engine characteristics, the chassis and the tyres, as well as the way the team works together. We’re working hard though and the improvements will come.”

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MotoGP, 2009, Nicky Hayden, Ducati Marlboro Team

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