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Marlboro Ducati's Nicky Hayden (doesn't that sounds weird?) has said he has a lot of work to do with his new Desmosedici GP9 but feels comfortable in his new home.

The American, who left Honda yesterday after riding for them for nine years, put in 79 laps aboard the carbon-framed Ducati using new Bridgestone tyres.

"It has been a very intense day and full of many things to test and to understand, but it was exactly as I expected it to be. I did just one run with the GP8 and then I switched completely to the GP9," said Hayden.


"Obviously there is a lot of work to do but I am happy, it was a good day that has allowed me to understand that the bike has good potential and, more than anything, I can say that I really enjoyed myself. This first day has given me an appreciation of the bike and the team.

"One of the things that really impressed me the most was the acceleration. I found myself pretty comfortable on the bike, and I really didn't make a lot of changes to levers and handlebars.

"We have not even changed  a lot the settings, we have just made some small changes, some mapping settings, a couple of tyres, in order to try and understand the direction of the bike and to feel comfortable on it."
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