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Hayden: “I expected a little something better today”

Hayden: “I expected a little something better today”

Nicky Hayden takes his fifth 16th place finish of the 2015 season, once more just outside the points after a tough race.

A strong start to the Shell Malaysia Motorcycle Grand Prix saw Nicky Hayden make up several positions from his 18th place start on the grid. The American pushed hard in the opening laps but was forced to roll off after several scares with the front end of his Open Honda. In the following laps Hayden sat behind Jack Miller (LCR Honda) as he attempted to diagnose the issues with the front of his Aspar MotoGP Team Honda, the problem easing as the fuel load lightened. Now able to ride closer to his full potential, ‘The Kentucky Kid’ slipped past Miller and claimed 16th position, his fifth time on the edge of the points in 2015.

It has been a difficult season for the 2006 MotoGP™ World Champion having claimed just 16 points throughout the year, the Open Honda proving an uncompetitive package. The paddock now return to Europe for the last round of the year in Valencia, it will also be Hayden’s last race in the MotoGP™ World Championship as it was announced he will be making the move to WorldSBK's with Honda in 2016. The American will be sorely missed and is aiming to end his MotoGP™ career with a strong ride.

Nicky Hayden: “Another sixteenth place finish! I don't know how many of those I've had this year but way too many. I expected a little something better today for sure. I got an okay start, got roughed up a little on the first lap, which was my fault, and then I started picking some guys off. I felt like I was on the limit on the front but I was making some passes and doing some decent lap times. Then I had one big moment on the front and then another one and eventually I had to slow down or else there was no way I was going to finish. Some of the guys came back past me and it was heartbreaking to see them get away. It was a long race but as the fuel load went down, over the last three laps I was able to do some decent lap times again and get back in front of Jack [Miller] and pull a little gap on him. Unfortunately the gap to the rest was already too big to make up, so that was that."


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