Strong Sunday saves Hayden’s weekend

Nicky Hayden recorded his second top-five finish in four attempts in race two on Sunday in Thailand.

After a very disappointing first Buriram race on Saturday that saw Hayden retire due to a faulty sensor on his bike, the 34 year-old recovered well on Sunday in race two. He finished fifth and speaking afterwards said that he would take great confidence from his performance.

“We made a lot of changes overnight and I just felt more comfortable,” said Hayden.

“Maybe not perfect, but surely the improvement was there.

“I was able to ride without making mistakes and the bike was perfectly smooth. I didn’t get the best of starts and was not fast enough in the first laps to be aggressive and make passes.

“As the laps went by I felt more and more comfortable; towards the end I started to set my fastest laps of the race and this is very positive.

“I would lie if I didn’t say that after the warm up I thought I could have put up a better fight, but nonetheless I learned a lot again and overall it was a good weekend.”

After 13 years in MotoGP, this is Hayden’s debut season in the championship.