Nicky Hayden is hoping a post race test after this weekend’s Catalunya MotoGP clash will help him rediscover some lost confidence in Ducati’s factory GP9 machine.
The American has struggled during the opening five races of 2009 to find a competitive pace alongside Aussie impressive Casey Stoner. And he blames the heavy reduction in testing for some of his issues, and is looking forward to a one-day test session on Monday after the Catalunya race.
The 2006 MotoGP world champion said: “The reduction in testing hasn’t helped me. Even when I struggled in the past with all those Monday and Tuesday tests you could work through your problems. I just need some seat time. I’m really feeling the testing ban.
"In winter testing, by the end of the third day I was on pace, but testing is easy with three days and all the tyres you need and all the track time you want. Eventually you can find a set-up but I need a set-up that works everywhere from Friday afternoon.”
Hayden said he hopes to make a big breakthrough soon with this weekend’s Barcelona race the sixth round of the series. The Kentucky rider added: “I’m still convinced I can do it but it’s starting to get a point where the season is getting away from us and I don’t want that to happen. I’m committed and so is the team.”