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Wednesday October 9, 2013 MYT 10:44:00 PM
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Nicky Hayden: 'We know it will be very difficult, starting in Malaysia, but it’s a good track that has everything – fast corners, slow corners, long straights.'
SEPANG: Former MotoGP world champion Nicky Hayden is hoping to put an end to an unwanted jinx in the Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix in Sepang as he prepares to end a five-year stint with the Ducati team.
The 32-year-old American, who claimed the MotoGP world title in 2006, has four races to go before he leaves Ducati for a new contract with Aprilia team.
Hayden finished ninth in the Aragon Grand Prix last month and later flew home to Kentucky for his younger sister’s wedding.
A fresh Hayden approaches the Malaysian GP this weekend hoping to end his season on a positive note on a track where he has a impressive record.
Hayden has notched six fourth place finishes, including a top-four result in wet conditions on the Ducati in the Malaysian GP last year.
“It was nice to get home for a week and attend my little sister’s wedding, but I am very excited to get to Malaysia and move on from Aragon,” said Hayden, whose team-mate is Italian Andrea Dovizioso.
“This race will kick off three important weeks for me, and I really want to dig in and try to do whatever we can to get a good result somewhere along the way.
“We know it will be very difficult, starting in Malaysia, but it’s a good track that has everything – fast corners, slow corners, long straights.
“We have the intention to do better than we did in Aragon. I am looking forward to getting back on track,” said Hayden. The Malaysian GP is the start of three back-to-back Asia Pacific races. The riders will head to Australia to race on Phillip Island next week followed by Motegi in Japan before wrapping up the season in Valencia in November.
“I never finished in the top three but I have always been very consistent, with six fourth-placed finishes in my career, along with one fifth and a sixth from all my visits, I hope to step up this time,” added the determined Hayden, He is currently ninth in the MotoGP standings on 102 points but has yet to land on the podium this season.
MotoGP rookie Marc Marquez of Spain is leading the championship on 278 points with four races remaining on the calendar.
Fellow Spaniard Jorge Lorenzo from Yamaha is second on 239 points while countryman Dani Pedrosa, who is also Marquez’s team-mate in Honda, is third on 219 points.
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