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Hayden: “We started having electronic problems”

Hayden: “We started having electronic problems”

Just as his race was getting started, Nicky Hayden encountered terminal electrical problems ending his Australian GP.

Phillip Island has seen Nicky Hayden produce some of his best results and best rides in the MotoGP™ World Championship, the Aspar MotoGP Team rider was hopeful of a strong result this year. The weekend had been progressing well for the Kentucky Kid, slowly making progress with his Open Honda and finding a small improvement in morning Warm Up before the race. Hayden made a solid start and was just outside the points in 16th when he began to have electrical problems. The issues continued to grow until Hayden was eventually forced to pull over and retire from the race, an unfortunate end after his early progress.

With 16 points Hayden sits 19th in the championship table, just a point shy of Jack Miller (LCR Honda) as the duo battle for the honour of top Open class Honda. Hayden and the MotoGP™ paddock now head to Sepang for the penultimate round of 2015, and Hayden’s second last race in the MotoGP™ World Championship. For 2016 the American will switch to the WSBK paddock with Honda and is hoping to end his MotoGP™ career on a high.

Nicky Hayden: “It was a very disappointing end. The team did a good job. We were better this morning -especially on used tyres- and in the race I was able to recover some positions despite having messed up qualifying yesterday. I was moving up the field and, although I didn't feel spectacular, I had a decent feeling going. I think I got up to sixteenth and then we started having electronic problems, and eventually just stopped. We changed the bike for the race, making it softer and putting some more weight on the rear. We had made a good start to the weekend, but then I didn't do it when it counted in qualifying and we had further problems in the race; sometimes when things don't go your way, it's a downward spiral. This was a track we were looking forward to, because our bike was working decently. At least we don't have long to wait until Malaysia, where we will try again.”

Tags:
MotoGP, 2015, PRAMAC AUSTRALIAN MOTORCYCLE GRAND PRIX, RAC, Nicky Hayden, Aspar MotoGP Team

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