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Hayden: “I can enjoy myself there”

Hayden: “I can enjoy myself there”

Former World Champion Nicky Hayden is looking to return to the points in Germany after a tough weekend in Assen.

The MotoGP™ paddock heads to Germany for the ninth round of the 2015 World Championship, just ahead of the summer break until early August. Of the eighteen tracks on the calendar the Sachsenring is the shortest and is know for its extremely tight layout and ten left hand corners. This is not only demanding on the riders but also on the tyres as the demands on the left side are very high while the right hand side rapidly cools due to limited use.

With eight points Nicky Hayden (Aspar MotoGP Team) sits 21st in the overall standings and fifth in the Open Class championship. Assen was the third successive occasion in which the American has failed to score points this season, but is optimistic he can change in fortunes around in Germany. Hayden enjoys the Sachsenring, claiming MotoGP™ podiums there in 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2007.

Nicky Hayden: “Some riders don't like Sachsenring because the first section is so tight but I enjoy it. I like fast left-handers and I am sure I can enjoy myself there. It is important to have lots of grip, especially on the edge of the tyre, and it is crucial to manage the tyre wear. The first half of the track is tight and twisty but the second half is faster and it has a great downhill corner. Getting the braking zone at the bottom of the hill right is very important to the lap time and obviously in the race too. The objective in Germany is to get the best possible result to go into the holidays happy. We have to work hard to improve our qualifying performance because our pace is good but if we can't get a good grid position then we make it hard for ourselves.”

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