Hayden: It won't be easy this weekend
25 September 2013 – Ducati's Nicky Hayden is bracing himself for another tough weekend at the Aragón MotoGP event.
The American currently sits ninth in the MotoGP Riders’ Championship, and while he has managed eleven top-ten finishes from 13 events this season, he has yet to do better than fifth overall.
“Aragón is definitely quite a bit different from Misano, the last track we raced at, as it goes left and has some elevation changes. It’s a fun track that has some nice corners, although it has gotten pretty bumpy since the first year we went there and had great results with the Ducati, which hasn’t helped us. It’s a track I enjoy, but we know that it’s not going to be an easy race for us,” he confirmed.
“Still, I’m looking forward to going there. We’ll try to start the weekend strong and see if we can do something better than we have at the last few races,” he added.
Ductai team manager Vittoriano Guareschi meanwhile is hopeful ‘a few little things’ they found at the Misano test will give the outfit a small boost.
“Aragón is a race that brings back some nice memories for us," he continued. "The first time we went there, we won the race and also put Nicky on the podium; it was my first win as team manager.
“The track is really nice, it usually has a good crowd and there’s a long straightaway where the power of our bike’s engine can be exploited. During the post-race test at Misano, we found a few little things that our riders liked—nothing extraordinary but they did help us to go a bit better. We hope to experience the same benefits at Aragón,” he concluded.