Hayden left frustrated by sluggish Malaysian Friday
8 October 2010 – Nicky Hayden was unable to make amends following a tough Japanese Grand Prix meeting last weekend, managing only the fifteenth best time of the sixteen MotoGP runners in Friday’s first practice session for the Malaysian Grand Prix.
Yamaha’s Valentino Rossi was the pace-setter at Sepang, although Hayden’s best effort of 2:03.947 left the Ducati rider 1.2 seconds adrift.
“We have picked up where we left off in Japan, which is not a good thing,” the 2006 World Champion commented dismally.
“We struggled a lot, right from the beginning, over the bumps mainly. I have a lot of front chatter, we got rear chatter too, and I can’t carry any good corner speed.
“We're 1.2 seconds off the top, which may not seem that much but the reality is that it is a lot when the field is as tight as it is right now.
“That kind of gap is pretty much going to send you to the back. We definitely need to do something for tomorrow because today was not good.”