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Nicky Hayden hopes for a turn in fortunes as Indianapolis MotoGP practice begins on Friday. The Ducati rider, whose future with the team is already confirmed for next year, suffered a tough race last time out at Laguna Seca and finished 27 seconds off the lead.
“Laguna was fun, but Indy is really my home Grand Prix - just across the state line from Kentucky,” says the 2006 World Champion. “Hopefully we can have a good result. We struggled more at Laguna than I expected, but Indy is much faster and with more opportunities to open the throttle.
“It should be nice to ride that track on the 1,000s and it will be fun for the American fans to really get to see them in action. Last season tyre wear was critical there, but hopefully the pavement will come in a bit better this year.
"I hope to be competitive starting on Friday and I’ll definitely be disappointed if we don’t get the best result of the season so far.”
Hayden presently lies sixth in the Riders’ Championship, two places and as many points ahead of team-mate Valentino Rossi who is Yamaha bound for next year.
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