Nicky Hayden of USA and Drive M7 Aspar rounds the bend during the MotoGP Tests in Losail. (Photo: Getty Images)

of USA and rounds the bend during the Tests in Losail. (Photo: Getty Images)

Nicky Hayden and were each inside the Qatar test top 10 by the end of the three day visit, with both DRIVE M7 Aspar Team riders improving their lap times each day.

Nicky Hayden and Hiroshi Aoyama were each inside the Qatar test top 10 by the end of the three day visit, with both DRIVE M7 Aspar Team riders improving their lap times each day.

Sunday saw both riders follow a similar program to the previous two days, getting work underway at 6pm and continuing without a break until the track session concluded at 11pm.

Hayden completed 44 laps during that time whilst his teammate Aoyama managed 56. For the third consecutive evening the American finished in ninth position, clocking his best time over the three days on lap 37, a 1:56.273 representing an improvement of six tenths on his Saturday best.

“We found some more improvements and I was able to set more laps in the 1’56s,” said Hayden. “We have worked more with the tires and made some setting changes thinking ahead to the race and also qualifying. We tried changing bikes in pitlane and I also did some practice starts. In the end I set my fastest time of the test, which is positive even though the gap to the top is still very big, especially when you consider that the top riders are not here.”

“We have worked hard and found some good things but we still need to take a big step forward in terms of the power. It’s not right that we should be losing half a second on the straights. We know what HRC is capable of so I am confident that we will soon have some more improvements. As far as we’re concerned we will continue working to get all of the potential out of this motorcycle.”

One position below him on the timesheets, Aoyama also set his best lap late in the evening.

“This brings to an end nine days of testing between Qatar and Malaysia,” noted the Japanese rider. “Little by little we have improved during this period and I have also tried to adapt to the team and to my new bike. Tonight we have tried to improve the setting for the race and we have also been able to improve the feeling in corner exit, which has been a problem here for the last couple of days. We have a lot of information and a plan now in place for the race. In general am happy with the way we are moving, we just need to get the bike turning a little bit better so that I feel more confidence in the corners.”

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