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Nicky Hayden has reiterated his praise for the latest Ducati chassis, but insists that the Italian team must now find the right direction in which to head with the Desmosedici. With just the Australian and Valencia MotoGP events to go, the American and Valentino Rossi lie ninth and sixth respectively in the championship.
“We’ve got some work to do,” says 2006 Champion Hayden. “I’ve liked the new chassis since I’ve been on it, but now it’s time to find a direction for improving it further. We also want to figure out how to regain the advantage we used to have in the rain; judging by the forecasts, we might get a chance to work on that in Australia.”
Rossi echoes the sentiments of his team-mate.
“Racing a MotoGP bike at Phillip Island is a lot of fun, but it was a difficult weekend for us last year so we’ll have to try very hard to do better,” the Italian begins.
“In addition, the forecasts show that there will be inclement weather, with rain and cold, so we’re expecting challenging conditions. We’ll really have to do our best.”
Two of Rossi’s best performances so far this year – at Misano at Sepang – came on race weekends which featured dramatically changing weather conditions.
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