Hayden disappointed at missing out on podium

Nicky Hayden says he is “definitely a bit disappointed” at missing out on a podium by one place at Phillip Island on Sunday in his first weekend of World Superbike racing.

In Race 2 on Sunday, Hayden, on his Honda, was in third place on the final lap but was passed by Ducati’s Davide Giugliano to finish fourth overall.

Both races over the weekend were won by defending world Champion Jonathan Rea on his Kawasaki.

In a chat afterwards with the Motorsport website, Hayden said that he would have loved a podium finish at Phillip Island in his first official event and was disappointed.

“On the last lap I knew Giugliano was there and I tried to protect my position a little bit going into Lukey Heights, then I kind of missed the line between turn 10 and 11,” Hayden said.

“He squared it up and drove past me. I was trying to open the gas but all I was getting was traction control cutting in. I should have taken off more traction control in the last two laps.

“I’m definitely a bit disappointed for not getting onto the podium, this time, it would have been great to celebrate my first round with a top-three finish.”