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Hayden: “I made my best start and best first lap"

Hayden: “I made my best start and best first lap'

Another tough race saw Nicky Hayden salvage some positives after the bwin Grand Prix České republiky.

The 2015 season has been a tough one for Nicky Hayden (Aspar MotoGP Team), the former world champion able to score just eight points. In face of all the hardships Hayden remains upbeat, focusing on small positives and the improvements his team have made to the Open Honda. The Czech GP had Hayden finish down in 17th, but able to fight with the leaders of the Open class for multiple laps.

Aside from a solid start, Hayden can take comfort in being the top Open Honda rider in the race. Hayden will once again be hoping to fight for Open class victory at the British GP in a fortnight’s time, 2014 saw Hayden miss the race at Silverstone due to a wrist injury.

Nicky Hayden: “It was a tough race at the end of a tough weekend. We made a small change to the bike this morning that gave us more grip and my pace was pretty good on used tyres. I'd say I made my best start and best first lap of the season, making up five positions, and my fastest lap was the fourteenth fastest of the race but I couldn't stay in the 1'58s, where I needed to be. The grip was really poor and the bike was sliding around a lot. Barberá tried to escape but I pushed hard to catch him and was finally able to make a move with five or six laps to go. At that point the pace was pretty good but I made a mistake in turn nine and then got my braking wrong into turn ten. Barberá and Baz came past, I didn't realise there were two of them, and I tried to race them to the finish but the grip was gone. It's a shame because we had the Open victory in sight almost until the end of the race but it wasn't to be.”

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