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Hayden gets less than he expected

Hayden gets less than he expected

Although Nicky Hayden was the leading American rider in Sunday’s inaugural Red Bull Grand Prix of the Americas, the Kentucky man hoped for much more.

As Ducati Team partner Andrea Dovizioso managed to finish seventh, Hayden could muster no more than ninth position – 11 seconds further back.

“It was a tough weekend,” he began. “The track was great, but I lost some time in the beginning and was struggling with change of direction. I was okay on much of the track, but I never found the confidence in the front end to flick the bike into the corners, which hurt me in the esses. The guys did a good job getting me a better bike for the race and I don’t really have any excuses. Ninth place isn’t what we wanted here today, so I certainly hope we can sort a few things out and start putting up a better fight than we have in these first two races.”

Teammate Dovizioso was somewhat more cheerful:

“Obviously, we’re not satisfied with seventh place, but the race time wasn’t bad. I was able to keep a good pace below 2’06, so I’m pleased with my aggression and effort. I managed to be pretty consistent up until the final five or six laps. The last three laps with Bautista were fun - a nice battle! We know we have to work hard, because this is our limit at the moment, but we’re really motivated to improve.”

Round 3 of the season takes place in Jerez, Spain on the first weekend of May.

MotoGP, 2013, RED BULL GRAND PRIX OF THE AMERICAS, Nicky Hayden, Ducati Team

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