After Sunday's MotoGP race at Jerez, here's Nicky Hayden had to tell the press:
The Marlboro Ducati rider was disappointed after the race at Jerez, despite a creditable 4th place finish. "I knew to beat those guys would be extremely tough, but I thought I could maybe put up a better fight. I was hoping I could find something in the race, like at Qatar, maybe get a couple of tenths, but today, not really. Realistically, it's still a pretty good result, and something we can build on. But I would have liked to have been closer, nine seconds was a lot after being so close in Qatar."
The good news was that Hayden had beaten his teammate for the first time. "I don't want to make a whole deal of beating Casey, because we know this isn't exactly Casey's best track, it's not like we're beating him at Phillip Island. But just out of respect for Casey, I'm proud to beat him. I know how strong he is on that bike, Casey set the bar on that bike. I think it's a credit to my side of the garage just to be able to hold him off when he's coming at me that hard. I mean, he came over in the box and congratulated me and we shook hands. We're not going to have to have a wall down the middle of the box or none of that stuff!"
Despite having two strong 4th place finishes this year, Hayden wasn't going to get ahead of himself. "Two races ain't enough to know whether I can fight at the top. This sport, I learned that if you get too cocky, you know, it bites you quick. We just got to stay hungry, stay humble and keep pushing."
Hayden had been impressed by the speed of Jorge Lorenzo. "I saw Jorge close my gap down quick, so I knew he had something. I thought OK, I'll just jump on his wheel, but about half a lap later, I saw that doesn't really look like that's going to be the case."