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Hayden looking for more from final Test

Hayden looking for more from final Test

The Ducati Team rider wrapped up the Sepang Test with a look ahead to the final preparations in Qatar before the start of the season.

Nicky Hayden finished the Sepang Test 12th fastest on the third and final day on Thursday, having improved his feeling with the factory Desmosedici GP11 but not having taken the steps forward he had expected at the start of the meeting in Malaysia.

Nicky Hayden:

“We’ve tested a lot of options over the course of this test, like different geometry and electronics. We’ve just been trying to improve the feeling and eliminate stuff that didn’t work, focusing mainly on finding a base setup that could work for this season. We’re still behind, not because of any major problem, but a combination of little details that prevented us from getting the results that we’d hoped for. I’ve got a good bike and team, and we definitely need to do better than this. We’ve got a lot more work to do, but we’ve made progress this week, and we’ve still got some options we can try at the next test. It’s going to be a competitive season, no doubt. A lot of guys are going fast and pushing hard. We’ll have to work hard to try to take full advantage of this bike’s potential. It’s been three long days, and our team – everybody from engineers to mechanics to tire guys to suspension guys – has worked really hard the whole time.”

MotoGP, 2011, Nicky Hayden, Ducati Team

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