MotoGP Jerez: ‘Final two right turns’ key for Hayden

Hayden says Jerez is a 'connect the dots' track
Hayden says Jerez is a 'connect the dots' track Picture: Ducati Corse

Ducati’s Nicky Hayden has identified the final two right-hand corners are the key to a fast laptime at this weekend’s Jerez MotoGP round on a track he says you have to be connect the dots.

The Spanish circuit, which is arguably the most kart-track like on the calendar, requires a lot of hard braking and Bridgestone are bringing the new softer compound tyre for its debut.

“I really enjoy the Jerez GP. In some ways it’s like the first race all over again, because it’s a little bit different than Qatar. We’re back in Europe, with our trucks and all the crowds. It’s also a special track. It’s really tough, with very few straightaways, so you have to ‘connect the dots’ and do some hard braking," said the 2006 world champion.

"If you want to do a good lap time, it’s important to be fast in those last two right-handers. I’m looking forward to it. We tested there last month, but since then we have a race under our belt and a bit more data to consider. We know the general setup of the bike now. Last year the weather definitely mixed things up a bit, so we’ll see what it does this time.”

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