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Hayden happy to be back fighting in Assen

Hayden happy to be back fighting in Assen

American relishes raceday battle and eighth place finish.

Ducati Marlboro rider Nicky Hayden was part of a tight tussle in the mid-pack of the Alice TT Assen, and enjoyed the challenge despite a late incident with Toni Elías. The American placed eighth ahead of his home race in just over a week's time.

Nicky Hayden - 8th

"When you start from 13th you are always going to have a lot of work to do but that was the best bike I've had underneath me all season so I want to say a huge 'thank you' to the team for that, they have worked so hard. I got a great start and was able to lead the second group for a while until a couple of guys came past and I lost my rhythm a bit. I made a little mistake under braking on the back straight, ran wide and lost a lot of time but I fought back and got in with the group again. I was having great fun but unfortunately the left handlebar came kind of loose about halfway through the race and cost me a lot of time - that's when a lot of the guys got past me. I know I'm coming out with a lot of excuses this year but a loose handlebar at that speed is pretty scary! The guys are looking at how it happened. Anyway, man it was a hard battle. I know we were only fighting for fifth or sixth but it felt like there was a title on the line out there! Big respect to everybody in the group though. Elias made a big mistake but everybody left it all out on the track today and we all shook hands afterwards. It was good to be a part of the battle."

Tags:
MotoGP, 2009, ALICE TT ASSEN

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