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Hayden Interview: We want to win the Open class

Hayden Interview: We want to win the Open class

Nicky Hayden chatted exclusively to about how he is adapting to the new RC213V-RS at the recent Barcelona test.

Hayden (8pts) is currently 8 points behind the Open class leader Hector Barbera (16pts) in the Championship standings, after recording DNF's in the last two races:

Nicky, how was the test?
It’s a shame we didn’t really have a lot of new parts, but we had some stuff that we anted to try with some electronics, and some bigger changes that we wouldn’t always get to try on a race weekend, so its shame, I know we cant control the weather, its the same for everybody. But testing is quite limited for us, for everyone as you know, so you have got to take advantage of those opportunities, and I feel that the team and me are really working well together. at the last test in Jerez we were able to make a couple of steps and we were hoping to the same today it’s a shame, but that show it goes.

You achieved your best result of the season in Le Mans (11th), but since then you have had some bad luck…
Well Barcelona wasn’t bad luck, that was my fault, I made a mistake!!! But Yeah really bad luck in Mugello, I was in 11th and in a really good position and unfortunately Bradl in front of me made mistake, his bike jumped out of gear, and I had nowhere to go but into the back of him. Which ruined our race when we had a good pace, and this mistake, well I made a silly mistake and gave it away.

We have improved; we are definitely going better than we were at the beginning of the season. We were seventh here at the end of first practice, we can see some pieces coming together but we have to finish it off on Sunday when it counts. I think if we can keep on doing what we are doing, we will catch a break on Sunday.

How important are the electronics with the new bike?
Electronics are a huge part of it nowadays, that just the way the world works now, so we just have to get on with it. This bike is a bit different, so a lot of the data from last year doesn’t work, so sometimes we have to start on Friday, not from zero, but having to work on a lot of areas. But as the season goes on we are learning more about and making it better, so I truthfully think the hard work is behind us, and we will see what happens next?

Do you ever get fed up about being asked about who is going to be the next big American superstar?
Ha, well it’s a fair enough question really. I wish I knew. It’s true we have had a dip in producing American riders, but I hope that’s about to change.  It is going to take some time though, as the Europeans now, especially in Spain & Italy, it is such a good proving ground with such competition for young riders that people from all over the world are coming here to train, and they are producing good riders. It’s making it hard for everyone else.

I mean in Spain the system is good, they have so many tracks, so many track days, so many racing competitions, but with Moto America, hopefully it can be the start of something special and start producing riders.

What are your aims for the rest of the season?
We want to win the Open class championship, but to do that we have to start finishing some races!!!!! There is still a lot of racing to go, so we will see.


MotoGP, 2015, Nicky Hayden, Aspar MotoGP Team

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