Hayden losing out to new teammate Dovizioso

Hayden losing out to new teammate Dovizioso
Thursday, 4 April 2013

Nicky Hayden could not match new Ducati Team teammate Andrea Dovizioso in Losail’s first practice session of MotoGP™ 2013, although the American does know where he is losing time to the Italian.

Hayden ended Thursday night inside the top ten, but was still four tenths of a second off Dovizioso who finished fifth.
“I was at first having a lot of trouble, so we switched bikes and tyres and from there I was able to start doing some laps and getting a bit of a feeling,” the 2006 world champion explained to motogp.com. “I was improving a lot as the track cleared up, but was losing a lot of time in the last three right-handers.

“It didn’t feel too bad for the rest of the track. I had a lot of wheelie in some places, so we need to try and correct that, but if I was figure out the last three right-handers I should be able to improve quite a bit; that is where ‘Dovvy’ is taking a lot of time in comparison with me. So, not a great start but not a disaster. If we can improve a few things, we can put up a pretty decent fight here.”

Dovizioso was all smiles, but knows that race pace will be a different matter.

“I’m really happy with the lap time,” he began, having switched to Ducati from Monster Yamaha Tech 3. “I managed the same lap three times and still didn’t do the perfect lap, so I could go faster. I was the only one using a hard front (tyre), and I’m already used to it, but there was a lot of sand on the track. For sure we still have work to do, because our race pace won’t be like this, but it’s a good start.”

Dovizioso joins the squad, now heading into its first full season under Audi ownership, as replacement for the departed Valentino Rossi.

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