Hayden: A shock to be second
9 October 2010 – Nicky Hayden was almost lost for words in the immediate aftermath of Malaysian Grand Prix qualifying on Saturday, having taken second position and narrowly missed pole position despite enduring a bruising weekend thus far.
“It's a bit of a surprise but I'd say it's more like a shock,” commented the Ducati man, just a tenth away from his first pole since 2007. “I didn't expect to be so close, just one tenth off pole, but I'm not going to feel sorry for myself. We got in a really good lap; I think we did the maximum, both me and the bike.”
Nicky added that a large performance jump has been enjoyed this weekend, even since yesterday.
“We went back to a different setup that we'd used in the test and, even though I didn't get the lap time (in practice) this morning, I had a good feeling and was just able to get a good lap in on the soft tyre.”