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Rossi and Hayden work on set up for Laguna

Rossi and Hayden work on set up for Laguna

Nicky Hayden and Valentino Rossi posted the 10th and 11th best times, respectively, in the first day of free practice at the Red Bull US Grand Prix at Laguna Seca.

The Italian rider continued using the GP11.1 bike this weekend, while Hayden did an initial run with the GP11 before doing a comparison between the two versions and then using only the GP11.1 in the afternoon.

Nicky Hayden:
“It’s nice to be back at Laguna, a track I love, and things started off okay with the new bike. It was my first time with it, but it wasn’t something I needed a lot of time to get familiar with since I’ve ridden the GP12, which is similar. We’re just trying to evaluate it, and it definitely has some pluses. The gearbox is really nice, so Ducati has done a great job with that. We’re always trying different things like shock springs and new settings, but it’s not every day that you get to ride with a new gearbox that probably everybody will have in the future. We’re just trying to decide which bike will give us the best chance for a good result on Sunday.”

Valentino Rossi:
“After yesterday’s technical briefing with Jerry and the team, we decided to continue with the new bike, so I only used the GP11.1. We started with one bike that had the Sachsenring setup, which has a significant change to the weight distribution, while the second bike had a standard setup. I actually prefer the one from Germany. We need to keep working to balance the bike and to improve the rear grip, and then we hope to get a little closer to the pace of the others. We have to try to do better than we have at the last couple of races, and especially to start closer to the front. I’m pleased that Bridgestone brought some soft tyres, which worked well in the cool temperatures this morning, although I felt better with the hard when the conditions were warmer in the afternoon. If race conditions are like this, that’s what I’ll use.”

Ducati Team press release

Tags:
MotoGP, 2011, RED BULL U.S. GRAND PRIX, Valentino Rossi, Nicky Hayden, Ducati Team

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