Hayden Still Unsure Of Fitness In The Dry

Nicky Hayden was more frustrated than most riders at Misano after damp conditions prevented him from testing his fitness at racing speed. The American missed Brno through injury and was hoping for a dry day to find out whether his recovery had been successful and Hayden now admits he won’t know until tomorrow morning.

“There’s not really much to report today! We did a lot of sitting around and waiting. I went out a little bit in the damp this morning with a wet setup, just to check the bike. I cruised a couple of laps and my hand wasn’t too bad in those conditions, but we were all obviously way off the pace. I really won’t know more until I get out in the dry and see if it’s even going to be possible to race. I don’t have much strength, and although it was fine for light braking, it could be a different story in the dry. I wouldn’t mind more rain, but I wouldn’t want to go into the race with no dry track time. Hopefully we’ll get some dry time tomorrow.”

Ducati teammate Valentino Rossi didn’t compete a lap all day with little to learn from his point of view and was disappointed to see both sessions go to waste.

“Today was completely useless, which is really a shame as it’s obviously always better to be able to ride. This afternoon I tried to go out because we wanted to try a couple of things, including checking that everything was okay with the engine from the last race. But as soon as I got on the track, the rain started again and it was time to stop for good. There’s not much to say. We’ll wait for tomorrow.”