Repsol Honda’s Nicky Hayden says he has a lot of work to do overnight despite setting fastest time in today’s second wet free practice session at Phillip Island’s MotoGP round.
The American, who will switch to Ducati for the 2009 season, could only muster 11th place in the first dry session this morning but was just seven seconds slower in the rain.
“This morning it wasn’t great to be in eleventh, but this afternoon it was nice to be fastest in the wet and consistently really quick at the end, things were feeling really good. My best rain lap time was only seven seconds slower than my best this morning, and it was real wet, so that’s down to some good Michelin rain tyres," said Hayden
"But honestly I could have done with some more dry track time to sort out some problems we had this morning. I was struggling with traction, and without traction here you’re not going anywhere.
"We have got some things to try with the bike set-up, which we couldn’t try so much in the wet, but hopefully we can use tomorrow. I need to be going faster in the dry, we’ve definitely got some work to do, so we’ll keep pushing and see what the weather does tomorrow. I love this track, I love racing at speed, it’s a great thrill, I just need to find some edge grip. If we can find that I can be fast in the dry too.”