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Hayden: “Mid-race the tyre performance dropped dramatically”

Hayden: “Mid-race the tyre performance dropped dramatically”

Aspar MotoGP Team's Nicky Hayden finished 17th at the Commercial Bank Grand Prix of Qatar as he kicked off his 2015 MotoGP™ season.

The 2006 MotoGP™ Champion had a great start at Losail and gained several positions, but his tyres went off mid-race. His decision to use the softer compound and the plummet in performance meant that the electronics began to take over and hinder his riding, meaning he could only finish seventeenth.

Nicky Hayden:
"Today I made a decent start that allowed me to climb several positions right away. At the beginning of the race I rode well, the feeling was optimal and I pushed hard, trying to catch Redding. I saw that I was slowly catching him, but mid-race the tyre performance dropped dramatically. We had chosen the softer compound and when it wore out I started to suffer electronic problems. The traction control was triggered too often and I could barely ride. Still, I think we learned a lot in the race; it is clear that we have to work with Honda to make the bike work better with used tyres. Also, we need more support from Magneti Marelli to better manage this electronics package. In any case, the team did a great job."


MotoGP, 2015, COMMERCIAL BANK GRAND PRIX OF QATAR, RAC, Nicky Hayden, Aspar MotoGP Team

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