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Hayden: “It's kind of nice to travel to that part of world”

Hayden: “It's kind of nice to travel to that part of world”

Having answered all doubts about his fitness in Aragon, Nicky Hayden is hoping for further improvements at the Motul Grand Prix of Japan.

A crash while training with a minimoto bike broke Nicky Hayden’s thumb just before the Aragon GP, but fortunately the injury was not a major factor in the American’s race performance. As the injury improves each day with continued treatment, the ‘Kentucky Kid’ is unconcerned about it playing a negative role in the triple-header flyaway period, which sees three races run in succession, is the most demanding part of the MotoGP™ World Championship. Motegi is the first of these races; a circuit that has seen Hayden achieve a best finish of third in 2003 during his rookie season in the premier class.

The Aspar MotoGP Team rider is still in contention to end the season as the top Open Honda, Hayden just three points shy of Jack Miller (LCR Honda) in the world championship standings. With experience on his side Hayden is looking to gain the upper hand in Motegi, a circuit where knowing the braking markers is critical. Braking stability is also important at the Japanese circuit, famous for heavy braking, and finding a suitable setup will be the first objective of Hayden and the Aspar MotoGP Team. Hayden debuted in the MotoGP™ class in 2003 and has raced in the premier class ever since, but since 2016 racing plans remain unknown.

Nicky Hayden: “Well Japan is the first of three flyaway races in a row, which is a very demanding period for everyone involved, but also it's kind of nice to travel to that part of world and experience some different tracks and different atmospheres. I'm looking forward to Japan, it's a track where braking is the key, there's a lot of hard braking. You have to be really concentrated on your braking markers because if you miss one it is hard to correct and it can mess your whole lap. It is also important for the bike set-up, to find something that gives you the confidence to really get onto the brakes and use them. It's a track I have a lot of support at, I've got a lot of fans there and it would be nice to hit it hard, carry some momentum through the other two flyaways. Let's see how we go!”

MotoGP, 2015, MOTUL GRAND PRIX OF JAPAN, Nicky Hayden, Aspar MotoGP Team

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