Hayden excited for World Superbikes debut

Nicky Hayden says he can’t wait for his World Superbikes debut despite feeling somewhat unprepared following testing. 

The 2006 MotoGP world champion was fourth fastest in a fog-interrupted final pre-season test at Jerez and is eager to iron out the problems between now and the start of the season. 

He admits that he had hoped to have more mileage under his belt at this stage of the winter, but he remains excited to get started at Phillip Island in Australian in four weeks’ time.

“There is still room for improvement,” he told reporters. “The winter season went too quick and the weather did not help, but now it is time for Phillip Island and I look forward to having some fun!

“It hasn’t been the perfect day, because the fog cost us a couple of hours in the morning and we had to squeeze the testing program in a shorter amount of time. 

“It’s a shame because there are still some things left to try and, of course, that time would have been useful for me too, but we did what we could. 

“I was able to do a race simulation and to use the qualifying tyre and in the end, the lap-time was not too bad.”

Meanwhile, Hayden’s Honda team-mate Michael van der Mark was left happy yet also a little frustrated by his own progress.

“We had some difficulties in choosing the right tyre for these temperatures, but eventually we found the good one. 

“From then we tried a couple of things on another swingarm plus some more adjustments, and every change resulted in more little steps forward.

“I was able to drop half a second with race tyres but I feel we could have done a little better with the qualifier, as I made some small mistakes. Overall I am happy with how things went."