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Hayden: “We have stepped up our pace”

Hayden: “We have stepped up our pace”

After two DNFs Nicky Hayden is eager to return to the points at the Motul TT Assen, a memorable track for the American.

2006 saw Nicky Hayden achieve victory at Assen, his first MotoGP™ win outside of America and his first win in a season that would see him eventually crowned as World Champion. Hayden will be hoping for a less dramatic end to this year’s race at Assen after being unable to finish the last two races.

While most lamented the rain at the post race test in Barcelona, Hayden looked at the positives, feeling that the rain would be good preparation for the Dutch circuit with its tendency to rain. The American has been working hard with his Aspar team to improve the pace and feeling with his Open Honda.

Nicky Hayden: “Assen is a great circuit that always provides great races and I hope this can be a good weekend for us. We have stepped up our pace in qualifying over the past couple of rounds but now we need to back it up on race day, when it really counts. At Mugello I had a crash that wasn't my fault and then I had another at Barcelona that was. It is a shame to have missed out on the points for two straight races so the plan is to get back on the right track at Assen. Usually the grip there is good and the track has some fast and fun corners. The test after the GP in Barcelona wasn't too productive but at least we were able to confirm a couple of things with the electronics, which should be useful at Assen because it does tend to rain there. Hopefully we can pick up a good result for the team this weekend.”

MotoGP, 2015, MOTUL TT ASSEN, Nicky Hayden, Aspar MotoGP Team

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