American Nicky Hayden has given himself a mission at the Phillip Island MotoGP round to re-gain the wet-weather advantage that Ducati appear to have lost with the chassis introduced at Mugello a couple of races ago.
The 2006 World Champion, who is a fan of the anti-clockwise track, appears mystified over why the GP12 has lost some of its performance in the wet even though he managed a fourth place last Sunday at Sepang.
“Phillip Island is always a great GP, one of the best. The track is really fast and flowing, and I’ve had some good results there in the past. I really like so much about it: the atmosphere, the fast corners, and the fact that it runs counter-clockwise,"| said Hayden.
"We’ve also got some work to do. I’ve liked the new chassis since I’ve been on it, but now it’s time to find a direction for improving it further. We also want to figure out how to regain the advantage we used to have in the rain, and judging by the forecasts, we might get a chance to work on that in Australia.”