Hayden: ‘Best race so far’ in 2014

Monday, 5 May 2014

As a former World Champion and a MotoGP race winner Nicky Hayden is striving for better than 11th place finishes with DRIVE M7 Aspar, but he felt that his ride in Jerez on Sunday was his best so far this year.

Hayden is still finding his way with the new RCV1000R, but having finished 35 seconds behind race winner Marc Marquez and eight seconds off a large ‘second group’ of riders battling for fifth he felt progress had been made.

Riding steadily throughout round four, beating his lap times in every session and finishing only just outside the top ten in the race, Hayden took 11th place for the third consecutive round.

He stated: "On paper this circuit should be more favourable than others for our bike, considering that here the difference in top speed would not be so big. On the first two laps the second group tried to escape, but I fought to catch them up and I ended up close to Stefan Bradl. However, as the laps went by I made a mistake at Turn 4 and he broke away. It was a shame, as it would have been nice to beat a factory rider. In any case, looking at our pace and performance today, we have had our best race so far.”

“Today we used the super soft tyres and they worked really well; we knew it was bit risky to complete the full race distance with them, because they may not have reached the end intact. I want to thank Bridgestone for letting us use them. The most convenient and safe thing for them would have been to not allow us to use such a soft compound, but they left it up to us. This was important to us, as we always have to find the limit of tyre grip to maintain speed when cornering. In the end the tyres were very consistent and I had fun riding. I'm pretty satisfied.”

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