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Hayden aiming to build on U.S. result

Hayden aiming to build on U.S. result

At his strongest track Nicky Hayden took a big step forward on Sunday in the Laguna MotoGP race and he wants to build on his first top five result with Ducati.

Nicky Hayden’s steady improvements in recent weeks on the Desmosedici GP9 - with his first top ten results of the year at Catalunya and Assen - significantly stepped up a level at Laguna Seca on Sunday as he pleased the crowd with his fifth place finish.

Enjoying by far his best race to date with the Italian factory at the Red Bull U.S. Grand Prix – an event which the Kentuckian rider savours every year – Hayden was in good spirits when he spoke to afterwards.

Although he could not repeat his 2005 and 2006 victories, matching his 2008 result may be a key moment for the former World Champion on his Ducati journey. He explained, “It was certainly a lot better than my other races so far this year. I have some great memories from here so it’s hard to get too excited by fifth place but I’m happy.”

On the weekend as a whole he commented, “I’ve had a tough season, on Friday I was at the bottom and feeling miserable, just thinking it would break my heart to ride like that all weekend. We changed some stuff on the bike and just kept working our way forward, and in the end we got into the top five. Now we need to try and build on this.”

Looking ahead to the next round in Germany, Hayden added, “We have to enjoy this moment and then see what Sachsenring brings. We’ve made a lot of changes on the bike so this has been a big adjustment for me. The team is just working as hard as ever and I am happy with my guys and the support they give me so if we can get some momentum that is all I can ask for.”

MotoGP, 2009, RED BULL U.S. GRAND PRIX, Nicky Hayden, Ducati Marlboro Team

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