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Hayden fastest Ducati rider on day one

Hayden fastest Ducati rider on day one

The American of the factory team focused on aiding the choice between the big bang and screamer engines which his new team-mate Valentino Rossi also worked on, as the Official MotoGP Test got underway at Valencia.

Nicky Hayden made several outings on both the big bang and screamer versions of the Desmosedici GP11 on Tuesday at Valencia, starting on the former before switching to the latter as he accompanied team-mate Valentino Rossi in determining which the Ducati Team will proceed with for 2011. The American completed 54 laps with a best time of 1’33.716, the ninth fastest time of the day.

Nicky Hayden

“The 2011 season is already on us and we have some big decisions to make. We had a lot of things to try today, especially in terms of the engine. The rain didn't help anybody because we lost some time this morning with the rain and when we were eventually able to get out on the track the conditions weren't ideal. Anyway, we were able to get some laps in and I can say that the 2011 version of the big bang engine is definitely an improvement. We switched to the screamer at about three o'clock and in some areas it's also really strong, I like it. Before making a choice to move forward with we need to test some more, get all the data together and make a calm, considered decision.”

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MotoGP, 2010, GRAN PREMIO GENERALI DE LA COMUNITAT VALENCIANA, Nicky Hayden, Ducati Team

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