Nicky Hayden continues to struggle with the affects of his wrist injury but the Aspar Honda rider is approaching this weekend’s Dutch TT with the mindset that his wrist is now a known commodity and that needs to deal with the issue as it is presenting itself.
The American ended the opening day over two seconds off the pace but geometry changes in the afternoon clearly improved the balance and will be the focus of attention tomorrow as he tries to find a balance in the numerous high speed change of directions at Assen.
“Obviously it’s not how we hoped for the day to go, we hoped for the first day to be more competitive,” said Hayden. “In the afternoon we improved a bit and made the bike a bit more nimble and that definitely helped in the change of direction but it’ll be another hard weekend. It’s not an easy track and it has some very technical stuff. We got a full dry day, which doesn’t always happen here, but we’ve got some data and the big things all sorted.”
“We’re losing a lot in the change of direction and I think that a lot of that is just me and not having enough strength and power. There’s a couple of places that we’re losing on entry but we improved the bike for that in the afternoon with some geometry changes so we might look to keep going in that direction tomorrow.”
With his wrist injury clearly still hampering him to a large degree Hayden commented on his injury and the differences between racing at Barcelona, with numerous heavy braking areas, and the fast and flowing Assen circuit.
“I feel better than in Barcelona for normal things but on the bike I maybe feel a bit worse. I probably didn’t into account for the high speed changes of direction whereas in Barcelona it’s a lot of hard braking. Here in the change of direction it’s not easy but regardless I know that this is the situation now and we need to do what we can and prepare for Saturday.”