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Hayden left with pole hunger in Malaysia

Hayden left with pole hunger in Malaysia

Nicky Hayden was left `a little bummed´ by his placing in qualifying for the Polini Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix.

Yet to take pole position for a MotoGP race this season, Nicky Hayden has just one more opportunity to put one on the board for 2008. The Repsol Honda rider placed fourth in qualifying in Malaysia, but thinks that he can challenge the frontrunners in Sunday´s race.

Nicky Hayden - Fourth

`It was quite a wild day. This morning we improved quite a lot, but so did everybody else. It wasn´t spectacular but we definitely made an improvement, at times we were really competitive. This afternoon was pretty gnarly. We started on full wets and the track kept drying and drying. We ended up fourth which isn't a disaster. At one stage near the end I was 15th, thankfully we didn´t get any big showers then, so I was able to get in a good lap, but I really wanted to be on the front row. I was fastest in T1 and T2 on my last qualifier. But lately I can only get one run out of my qualifying fronts and we didn´t have enough time to change the tyre, because with the big discs we use here it take a while to change. So I did two runs on it and midway round my last lap she was done and I lost some time. I'm a little bit bummed, I haven´t had a pole all year and every year for the last few years I've had at least one. The rear Michelin qualifier was amazing, it was ridiculous how much grip it had, even across the wet patches. If we can make a little step in the morning, get the bike turning a little better, I feel like I can be competitive. It´s going to be a long, hard race if I´m going to hang in there.´

MotoGP, 2008, POLINI MALAYSIAN MOTORCYCLE GRAND PRIX, Nicky Hayden, Repsol Honda Team

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