Hayden needs more front.
Friday, 20th July 2007
"It felt good to be back on track at Laguna and the morning session was ok, although I didn't really have a great feeling in the front of the bike through the flat corners," said the Repsol Honda rider. "It wasn't the perfect session for us but we've got a few ideas of how we can get up there with the frontrunners. It looks like some guys are already going really fast, so it's going to be a competitive weekend, as we expected. The track surface was a little bumpy and slippery this morning but we'll have to see how it feels when the temperature goes up this afternoon."
Hayden finished the session 1.106secs behind MotoGP World Championship leader Casey Stoner, while team-mate Dani Pedrosa - winner last Sunday in Germany - was a further 0.164secs adrift in eleventh.
"I took it quite easy because with the new bike and the new surface it was like riding here for the first time again. I wouldn't say we made the perfect start this morning and the track seems pretty slippery and also quite dirty," declared Dani. "Of course we'll be looking to make some good improvements this afternoon and tomorrow, and also I think the track conditions could improve too. We have some things to work on with the machine set-up and also the gearbox to make the RC212V work better round here. It looks like some of our rivals have quickly found a good set-up here this morning, but it's still early in the weekend and we can improve."
Second free practice takes place this afternoon.
Free practice times (combined) - Laguna Seca.
Friday, 20th July 2007
1. Casey Stoner AUS Ducati Marlboro Team (B) 1min 22.997 secs
2. Marco Melandri ITA Honda Gresini (B) 1min 23.177 secs
3. John Hopkins USA Rizla Suzuki MotoGP (B) 1min 23.452 secs
4. Colin Edwards USA Fiat Yamaha Team (M) 1min 23.535 secs
5. Dani Pedrosa SPA Repsol Honda Team (M) 1min 23.548 secs
6. Valentino Rossi ITA Fiat Yamaha Team (M) 1min 23.550 secs
7. Chris Vermeulen AUS Rizla Suzuki MotoGP (B) 1min 23.576 secs
8. Nicky Hayden USA Repsol Honda Team (M) 1min 23.768 secs
9. Loris Capirossi ITA Ducati Marlboro Team (B) 1min 23.912 secs
10. Makoto Tamada JPN Dunlop Tech 3 Yamaha (D) 1min 23.965 secs
11. Carlos Checa SPA Honda LCR (M) 1min 23.998 secs
12. Randy de Puniet FRA Kawasaki Racing Team (B) 1min 24.043 secs
13. Anthony West AUS Kawasaki Racing Team (B) 1min 24.077 secs
14. Sylvain Guintoli FRA Dunlop Tech 3 Yamaha (D) 1min 24.173 secs
15. Roger Lee Hayden USA Kawasaki Racing Team (B) 1min 24.325 secs
16. Alex Barros BRA Pramac d'Antin MotoGP (B) 1min 24.457 secs
17. Kurtis Roberts USA Team Roberts (M) 1min 24.666 secs
18. Shinya Nakano JPN Konica Minolta Honda (M) 1min 24.850 secs
19. Miguel Duhamel USA Honda Gresini (B) 1min 25.550 secs *
20. Chaz Davies GBR Pramac d'Antin MotoGP (B) 1min 26.459 secs
* Time set in FP1.
2006 US Grand Prix:
Pole position: Chris Vermeulen AUS Rizla Suzuki (B) 1min 23.168secs
Fastest lap: Dani Pedrosa SPA Repsol Honda (M) 1min 23.333secs