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Hayden: “The rear was spinning”

Hayden: “The rear was spinning”

Points for Nicky Hayden at the Motul Grand Prix of Japan as he aims to end his MotoGP™ of a high.

It was announced during the pre-race press conference that Nicky Hayden will leave the MotoGP™ World Championship at the end of 2015, undertaking a new challenge with Honda in the World Superbike championship. Motegi was the sight of Hayden’s first MotoGP™ podium back in 2003, but the 2015 edition of the race was far from easy. Rain fell on Sunday morning, in recent years the Open riders have gone well in the rain as their general lack of power is masked and the rider is able to make up the difference. Unfortunately the race would not stay dry, the final ten laps a battle against wet tyres on a rapidly drying track.

In the beginning Hayden was able to make steady progress and stay fighting with others despite lacking horsepower down the straight. As other’s struggled on degrading wets, Hayden drew on all of his MotoGP™ experience and was able to keep his lap times quite consistent. Having started down in 21st, Hayden completed the race in 13th to score points for the fifth time in 2015. With 16 points the Kentucky Kid sits 19th in the championship, tied with Jack Miller as the top Open Honda rider.

Nicky Hayden: “Always in the wet I hope for a little bit more than thirteenth. I got a really good start and moved up a couple of positions on the first lap but it was difficult to stay there because I was losing so much time to a few guys on the straights. I wasn't too happy with that but I just settled into my rhythm. I wasn't able to do anything special and the last eight or ten laps when the tyres went off were really difficult. The rear was spinning but it was more the front tyre, it was moving around so much. The lap times actually held up pretty good, I was able to pass Hernandez late on and we picked up a couple of points. We'll keep going, try to do better next time but I want to say thanks to the fans here, the crowd was amazing.”

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

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