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Hayden: “Lorenzo is a guy who never makes a mistake…”

Hayden: “Lorenzo is a guy who never makes a mistake…”

Nicky Hayden chatted to at Aragon about what makes the track so special, his memories there and the 2015 title battle.

Aspar MotoGP Team’s Hayden finished on the podium at Aragon in 2010 alongside his teammate Casey Stoner while riding for the factory Ducati team:

First up Nicky, how is the thumb?
“Well I don’t feel fantastic, I had a crash this week riding mini-moto and I broke my thumb. I feel a lot better now! I have been doing a lot of therapy and swelling has gone down, so I just have to try it on a bike.”

What do you think makes Aragon so special?
“I think it’s a great track, its very technical. It has a lot of elevation changes, and some blind corners where you can’t really see the entry and that means you have to go off what you feel and what you know. I like that! It’s an important track to have some good reference points for your braking and entering and you have to be on the right line. It’s not an easy track, every track has its different challenges, and this is no different.”

In 2010 you were on the rostrum with Casey Stoner – talk us through the race?
“It was great for Ducati as it was not an easy season for us that year. I think that was the first win for us that season. Casey did a great race. He got a good start, and while Dani (Pedrosa) was very fast, Casey was able to get away from him at the beginning. My race was with Lorenzo. I was there with him the whole race at a similar speed and was able to follow him quite comfortably. But Lorenzo is a guy who never makes a mistake to its very hard to pass him, even though there are some good passing places here. I just couldn’t get close enough, but as the laps started ticking down I realised I couldn’t just follow him the whole race. I have to try somewhere. On the last lap I had two places I wanted to overtake and the move I pulled off, maybe he didn’t expect it, as if you protect there you sacrifice your drive onto the long straight. I went for that line, and luckily I was able to get the bike stopped and get the drive out of the corner to keep the position.

It was a great day for us, the Ducati team were very happy. It was great to be on the podium together. Casey and I were fastest in most session, and it was the first race at the track, so it was special.”

What’s your verdict on the 2015 title fight?
“Its great for the championship! It’s always better for any championship if it can go down to the last race. Valentino, lets face it, is the star of MotoGP™ and so many people wanted to see him back fighting for the title. So I think it’s great for MotoGP because he is someone who transcends the sport. Most people around the world, even if they are not into MotoGP, know who he is and they can relate to him. There are two riders doing a great job. Vale has a nice advantage, but with Lorenzo’s speed, he is the kind of guy who can win a number of races in a row. The Championship is not over, and while Valentino has the advantage, lets wait for Valencia!”

What about your season, and your plans for next year?
“This season has not been fantastic. It’s not been easy for the team or me, losing the sponsor before the first race was not ideal. But that is our situation, so we just had to try keep our heads down, stay positive and keep going. As for my future, I am not sure yet, it is not clear. I have been chatting to a number of different people and it is very true I am considering a move to WorldSBK. Yes, Honda is one of the teams I have spoken too. It is not that I can’t say more, I just don’t know more at the moment. I would love to keep racing as I still enjoy the sport a lot and still think I have something to give. So hopefully I can find the right situation that sounds like fun and sounds like something I really want to do and continue on. I am not ready to walk away yet.”

MotoGP, 2015, GRAN PREMIO MOVISTAR DE ARAGÓN, Nicky Hayden, Aspar MotoGP Team

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