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Hayden: “I felt good for a couple of laps”

Hayden: “I felt good for a couple of laps”

Nicky Hayden ends the Gran Premio Movistar de Aragon in the points, despite a broken right thumb.

It was a fierce battle in the Open class at the Aragon GP, all of the top riders locked in a heated battle for the majority of the race. Nicky Hayden drew on all his MotoGP™ World Championship experience in an attempt to escape, but was forced to stay fighting. It was an Aspar MotoGP Team battle for the Open victory as Hayden diced with teammate Eugene Laverty, their battle going down to the final lap. ‘The Kentucky Kid’ is aware that it’s 15th place, but has taken several positives away from the weekend including an improved feeling with his Honda.

Throughout the Aragon GP, Hayden was battling with a recently broken right thumb and is seeking further treatment ahead of the back-to-back rounds coming up. Three rounds in three countries with no pause between is incredibly physically demanding on all the teams and riders, so Hayden is eager to be as fit as possible. With 13 points the American sits 19th overall in the MotoGP™ standings, four clear of teammate Laverty.

Nicky Hayden: “I got a really good start, and I felt good for a couple of laps, but a few guys got past me and I couldn’t tag onto the group in front. We ended up in a big battle, and it’s a shame that we were so far back because there was some good racing. It was a lot of very hard racing for fifteenth. It’s not been the worst weekend for us. We definitely qualified well, and even this morning we weren’t so far off, inside the top fifteen a lot. I did my fastest lap of the race on Lap 18, which was nice. It shows the bike was working well, to be able to go fast like that.” 

“I was fighting with Eugene at the end, and I actually got in front of him late on at one place, but then he came past me at Turn 8. We had a little contact and I went wide, losing a little time, but I was able to catch up. It’s fifteenth place, but there a couple of positives to take from the race; the bike is working well. My thumb didn’t make things easy this weekend, but I don’t want to say that is the reason why I finished where I did. We are going to get it X-rayed to make sure nothing moved, and as long as that’s the case I’ll be ok and hopefully I will be better for Japan.”

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

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