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Hayden: "To finish as the top Open is a bonus"

Hayden: 'To finish as the top Open is a bonus'

The American rider rounds off a strong weekend by finishing as the top Open rider in the Monster Energy Grand Prix de France.

The Kentucky rider was able to set a pace in the 1'34s from the start, taking the fight to a group of factory riders for a top ten finish. Only a technical problem in the closing stages of the race forced him to drop his pace as he picked up five valuable points in eleventh place.

Hayden: "The team did a great job yesterday and it was good to start the race from further up the grid than we have been doing lately. I made a good start and held my position over the opening laps and the changes the team had made to the bike yesterday evening worked well. It was nice to be able to take the bike where I wanted and to finish as the top Open is a bonus.

"It was also good to fight with some of the factory guys. I was in front of Viñales for a good few laps and had a nice battle with Petrucci. Around ten laps from the end we had something going on with the electronics, which limited our pace towards the end of the race because the bike was acting strangely in second gear. Anyway, I am happy with the results and the points we have picked up today so I want to say thanks to the team because this hasn't been an easy year so far.

"Thankfully in Jorge we have a boss who fights every day to keep us moving forward in the face of adversity. I think we all deserved this result, so now we need to enjoy it and make sure we go to Mugello with our batteries fully charged, ready to go again.”

Tags:
MotoGP, 2015, MONSTER ENERGY GRAND PRIX DE FRANCE, RAC, Nicky Hayden, Aspar MotoGP Team

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