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Hayden: “Positive outlook my way of dealing with things”

Hayden: “Positive outlook my way of dealing with things”

American looks ahead to weekend race and Monday test in northeast Spain.

Experiencing his toughest start to a MotoGP season to date, Nicky Hayden is probably looking forward to next Monday’s testing session more than the Gran Premi Cinzano de Catalunya. The 2006 MotoGP World Champion has always taken the approach of working through problems with marathon sessions, but feels that he in particular has been hit by the reduced amount of permitted testing time this year.

“We can’t do much in terms of preparing for the Grand Prix and this obviously isn’t an easy period for me, but I have to think positive and continue to give it everything,” admitted the American ahead of round six. “That is my way of dealing with things and that is what I’ll continue to do alongside my team. I’m looking forward to getting out there and racing again but I’m also looking forward to the test afterwards.”

Work to improve Hayden’s feeling with the Desmosedici GP9 has either come on a race weekend or via Ducati’s test riders –the most recent test taking place last week in Mugello as Vittoriano Guareschi laboured with different settings. In previous seasons, Hayden would have had much more bike time in which to find his own solutions.

“I really need some testing and more time in the saddle. This year I’m really feeling the testing ban that has been brought in and I know it’s the same for everybody but for me in particular I know I’d really benefit from some test time, so hopefully we can get some good work done in Barcelona that will help me take a step forward,” he added.

Top of the agenda for the post-race test will be analysis of new set-ups and electronic updates.

MotoGP, 2009, GRAN PREMI CINZANO DE CATALUNYA, Nicky Hayden, Ducati Marlboro Team

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