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Hayden disappointed after Phillip Island pole denial

Hayden disappointed after Phillip Island pole denial

On the front row for the Australian Grand Prix, Nicky Hayden was disappointed to have lost out on pole position in qualifying.

Becoming MotoGP World Champion means placing high demands on oneself, and 2006 titlist Nicky Hayden certainly fits that description. The Repsol Honda rider was on course for pole position at Phillip Island on Saturday until a pair of storming laps from Casey Stoner and Jorge Lorenzo relegated him to third, leaving the American disappointed despite his front row position.

`The front row is always nice and really important and I´m happy to there, but to be honest I´m a bit bummed out,´ admitted the `Kentucky Kid´. `I´ve had a couple of poles here before, and today another one certainly wasn´t out of the question, there was less than a tenth in it. I thought that the bike and even the rider were capable of it, and I would really liked to have been on pole, the season´s on its way out, and it´s been a year without one.´

Hayden was the fastest in the morning practice session, in addition to a good wet run on Friday afternoon –essential consistency for the unpredictable nature of the weather at Phillip Island- and is confident that with a little overnight adjustment he can bring his race pace up to match the frontrunners.

`We´re not too far away. I know the race isn´t going to be easy, we need to sweeten up the bike to see if we can get some more traction, also the rider´s going to have to get it together a little better,´ added `Trick Daddy´ on his plans to stop Stoner and Lorenzo from imposing their will on the race.

`The team is doing a great job here, everyone at Repsol Honda is working hard and the Michelin tyres seem to be good. I´ll try to get in there tomorrow and not let these guys get away from me.´

Hayden was one of the early pacesetters at last year´s race, before a mechanical problem curtailed his attempts at a podium finish.

MotoGP, 2008, AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX, Nicky Hayden, Repsol Honda Team

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