MotoGP

Hayden in realistic mood for Misano

"I can’t get overconfident even though everything went so well at Indy"

NICKY HAYDEN has warned the Ducati MotoGP fans not to expect too much for this weekend at Misano, even though he managed to put the factory Desmo on the podium in third place at Indianapolis last Sunday.

Hayden said: “The little time we’ve had since Indy has flown by and even though I would have liked to have a bit more time to reflect on last weekend, Misano is right on us and that is what we have to focus on. Last year I rode in practice but wasn’t able to take part ion the race because of my foot injury but I like the circuit - there are a couple of fast right-handers at the end of the lap in particular that are a lot of fun. At Mugello I realised how special it is to race for Ducati in Italy so hopefully I can give all the Ducatisti even more reason to party. I know it won’t be easy and I can’t get overconfident even though everything went so well at Indy. I’ve learnt that this bike can quickly put you back in your place if you get cocky so once again I’ll just be putting my head down and giving it my maximum.”

But while the American is playing it cool, his team-mate Mika Kallio, standing in for the currently absent Casey Stoner, says he's still not satisfied with his results so far on the bike even though his Indy outing to a final race position of eighth was his best ever race result in the big class. He said: “I equalled my best ever MotoGP result at Indianapolis and even though the race went better than practice I still wasn’t satisfied. My main objective now is to find another half a second off my lap times and to do that I simply need to find more confidence in the front end of the bike. I know the potential is there so hopefully I can make the most of it at Misano. It is not exactly my favourite circuit but it’s okay. In 2007 I went pretty fast in practice – not so much last year – and crashed out of the race both times. Hopefully this year we can build on the work we did at Indy and get a good result.”

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