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Hayden left on sidelines with engine problem

Hayden left on sidelines with engine problem

Nicky Hayden was forced to pull out of Sunday’s Malaysian Grand Prix, having parked his Ducati Team bike on the start/finish straight with a smoking engine.

Having encountered the problem at the end of Lap 8, the 2006 World Champion stopped his machine. The engine has now been sent back to the Ducati factory in Bologna where it will be analysed by the Corse technicians.

“You could obviously see the smoke,” Hayden explained. “It’s really disappointing for us because we had improved the bike. I messed up qualifying but (in the Warm-Up) I had a decent pace and was sixth fastest.

“In the race, starting 11th wasn’t easy but I was able to make up a few positions, was definitely pulling away from Dovi (teammate Andrea Dovizioso) and had just caught up with Smith (Monster Yamaha Tech3). I wasn’t having an amazing race, but certainly having the best one I had had in the last couple.”

The American went on to thank his crew for the effort being put in:

“Unfortunately the engine broke, so I can’t seem to catch any breaks at the moment. I’ll just try to shake this off and move on to Phillip Island. Thanks to my team; the guys are working extremely hard, even though things are not going so easy for us. It’s a difficult moment and I really thank my guys for working as hard as they have.”

Hayden added that he is now keen to head to Australia, with the Phillip Island circuit having been resurfaced since MotoGP™ last visited in 2012.

MotoGP, 2013, TISSOT AUSTRALIAN GRAND PRIX, Nicky Hayden, Ducati Team

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