Honda’s 2006 MotoGP World Champion Nick Hayden (EG 0,0 Marc VDS Honda RC213V) did himself and Honda proud in Sunday afternoon’s Aragon Grand Prix by taking the final point for 15th.
Hayden was competing in the race as a one-off ride, substituting for the injured Jack Miller.
It wasn’t the easiest of weekend’s for American, who qualified 19th on the grid, however he was happy with his race performance….
“I would have to say that the race was my best part of the weekend. I underestimated on Friday how long it would take to get up to speed with the package, particularly with the Michelin tires and certainly the front tire. I started too far behind on Friday but in the race I was able to have a battle with Pirro, Barbera and Laverty who were all two seconds faster than me on the first day,” he said.
“I got a good start and really enjoyed battling with a few guys and the more laps I made the better I felt. I wish it was like World Superbikes and we got another chance to line up because I think with the experience gained I could do a better job. But all of us on the grid think like that.”
“I’d hoped I’d come here and be more on the pace on Friday but that didn’t happen. I knew it was a just a one-off ride and I knew it was going to be extremely difficult with no testing but I came and gave it my all. It has been a good experience and I want to thank Team Estrella Galicia 0,0 Marc VDS for this opportunity. I was proud to work with such a great team.”
Hayden currently competes in the World series for the Ten Kate Honda team.