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Hayden: “The British GP is one of the biggest and best"

Hayden: “The British GP is one of the biggest and best'

The Octo British Grand Prix plays host to round 12 of the MotoGP™ World Championship and Nicky Hayden is ready to get out on track.

Brno saw Nicky Hayden (Aspar MotoGP Team) involved in the battle for top Open bike, ultimately finishing down in 17th position. The 2015 season has seen Hayden and his team make steady forward progress, improving his Open Honda at almost every round. ‘The Kentucky Kid’ is looking forward to the Silverstone circuit, its wide layout and different sections allowing riders to stretch the legs of their machines. Unfortunately Hayden was unable to compete last year in Silverstone, forced to watch from the side-lines due to his injured wrist.

A year on and Hayden is fully recovered from his injury, motivated to make up for lost time. Back in 2011, when he rode the factory Ducati, Hayden was able to set the fastest lap of race and he’s looking for similar performance this year. Though it will be hard to fight against the factory bikes and riders, the Open class has a variety of riders and backs all in contention for the win at each race.

Nicky Hayden: “Silverstone is a great circuit and the British Grand Prix is one of the biggest and best events on the calendar. I love the circuit because it is huge, wide and you can really let a MotoGP bike stretch its legs and enjoy yourself. There are different sections linked up with long straights, it is fun to ride and I was disappointed to miss this one last year so that's an extra source of motivation for this weekend. The only thing about Silverstone is that it is quite bumpy so you need to work out quickly where the bumps are and try to avoid them. The track temperature also varies from one session to the next so it can be difficult to maintain the optimum temperature in the tyre. We'll have to work quickly to adapt to any situation but I am looking forward to it and ready to fight for a good result on Sunday. Silverstone holds good memories for me and I set the fastest lap of the race there in 2011 so hopefully we can reach a high level of performance this time around.”

MotoGP, 2015, OCTO BRITISH GRAND PRIX, Nicky Hayden, Aspar MotoGP Team

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