''We're going to get things straight''
Reigning World Champion Nicky Hayden has spoken to fans about his disappointment with his result at Jerez last month and the help he is receiving from older brother Tommy.
Checking in on his official website – www.nickyhayden.com
– the honest American gave readers his assessment of the second race of the 2007 season, and remains confident that Honda are closing in on the best way forward for him after an auspicious start to the year.
“As much as I would love to report back and tell you what a great race Jerez was, I've got to be real with you guys and I'm sure that you all saw the race”, wrote ‘Trick Daddy'.
“The good news is that, although the result was not a lot better and qualifying was worse, I was honestly much closer to where I would like to be than in Qatar. It was time for action in Jerez and the first session I believe I was fourth but really didn't improve a lot from there – which was frustrating – and to qualify 11 after being only 0.4 off pole just reminded me of what we're in for this year.”
Hayden battled with John Hopkins, Carlos Checa and Casey Stoner in the early stages of the Spanish Grand Prix, but faded away as the race reached the midway point. He commented : “For the race I knew I had to get a great start and try to put together a good first lap to even give myself a shot at the podium, and I did that. However, after about 15 laps things went off and I could not maintain the pace at all.
It really hurt to see everybody come by and drop to seventh, but every time I tried to push anymore I would really push the front bad in the fast corners and would be about to end up in veg.”
In the two days following the race, Hayden undertook two testing sessions at the Circuito de Jerez, aiming to prepare himself for the next round at Istanbul Park later this month.
“We stayed on for a few days of testing. On Monday it rained all day but we took advantage of it and tested wet settings and tyres as Turkey is next and the weather there could go either way. On Tuesday after 1pm the track dried and we got to get in some dry time and it went better, but I really don't count Tuesday when everybody but the guys picking up trash have gone home.”
Although the unofficial times from the track showed little in the way of improvement for ‘The Kentucky Kid', Hayden has an explanation :
“The lap time that you all saw might not have looked great, but I went faster than what most people reported. When our test rider Tady Okada started riding my second bike, the transponder wigged out and that was all she wrote. It was good to have Tady there to help, also big thanks to my big bro Tommy for coming over and trying to help me adjust to the new style needed to ride the 800cc, there's nobody better than my big bro when it comes to having somebody to talk to about a few things. Thanks to the team as well; they want results just as bad as me and I really believe that they and HRC are really behind me and we're going to get things straight”, concluded Hayden.
DORNA / CAPSIS International