HAYDEN TAKES PODIUM FOUR
It is not outlandish to think that taking four podiums within the first ten rounds in his rookie WSB season, including a win in Malaysia, was exceeding expectations of what even former Motogp champion Nicky Hayden could do.
But on Saturday Hayden took a strong third on his Honda Fireblade, and came close to finishing second after hunting down Sykes.
“I said yesterday that maybe fifth or sixth was the best we could expect in the dry,” said Hayden after his brilliant race one result.
“We started the day with me on the ground, in the wet FP3 session. So it was important to have a good team and stay calm, stay focused. The bike worked really well, especially on braking. I wanted to catch Tom and beat him because he is the champ, so it would have been nice to beat him and give the fans a little show.”
Thanks to testing, Hayden thinks that with more fortune in the early laps he could have taken Sykes’ scalp. He said: “Kawasaki normally set the bar. They did not test here and that gave everybody a little edge. Maybe if today had have been dry and we’d another 15 minutes qualifying in the dry we’d have been a problem for them.
“Right now the group is pretty close that I am racing in, so those couple of tenths we gained in testing are very important.”
Hayden had a horrible second race in the rain finding no feeling and finishing tenth, almost a minute down on Rea’s win. ■ Hayden’s Motogp call up, p67
‘I wanted to catch Tom and beat him to give the fans a show because he is the champ’ NICKY HAYDEN
Hayden showed his Motogp class on the ageing Blade