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Recovering Hayden assesses day one

Recovering Hayden assesses day one

Although Nicky Hayden himself claimed he was close to full fitness before the Polini Grand Prix of Japan the American rider was not on the pace on Friday at Motegi.

The hard-working Nicky Hayden has plenty to do on Saturday at Motegi as he looks to bounce back from his injuries and tough first race weekend with Ducati in Qatar. He was outside the top ten on the first day of practice in Japan.

Nicky Hayden – 13th

“The track was quite slippery when we first went out and the air felt so cold, with the humidity, it felt like it could rain any second. We certainly had to be careful getting some heat into the left side of the rear and into the front. We tried a few things out with the set-up – I ran both bikes and worked in the direction we’d found in Qatar, where the balance of the bike had felt much better in the later laps, with less fuel on board. Obviously the lap time isn’t great but we improved with every run and pretty much every lap, we got a good number laps in just in case it does rain tomorrow and we worked out a basic direction we need to take for the race, so I’m satisfied.”

MotoGP, 2009, POLINI GRAND PRIX OF JAPAN, Nicky Hayden, Ducati Marlboro Team

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