Join Date: Dec 2004
Location: Jacksonville, NC
Hayden on the 08
Looks like Hayden is positive about the upcoming season.
December 01, 2007
After opening the Daytona tire test on his #1-plated Supersport racer, Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Roger Hayden finally threw a leg over the all-new ZX-10R Superbike in the afternoon.
At the end of the day Hayden remarked on the potential of the racer despite its early stage of development. “My initial thoughts are that it’s definitely better than what we had last year. That’s encouraging for sure. We’ve still got a lot of stuff to try and I feel like tomorrow we can go a little bit better than we did today. So far I’m pretty happy with it. We’ve just got to keep trying to improve and see what happens.
“We went to Japan and kind of struggled a little bit there but I feel like they’ve even improved it since then. That was nice. I only rode it this afternoon. Tomorrow I’ll probably ride it even more just because it’s the new bike. The 600 we had last year. I’m looking forward to that, just try to make it better and hopefully get a little bit more comfortable on it.”
Hayden’s praise is very similar to the feedback being given by teammate Jamie Hacking and Kawasaki test rider Akira Yanagawa. “Around the banking it’s a lot more stable. The old bike was like hanging onto a bull coming around the banking. This one is a lot nicer which makes it a little bit more enjoyable around here.
“I think we’ve improved a little bit in both (engine and chassis). It seemed a little bit faster than what we had last year and the chassis seemed a little bit more stable. This is the only track that we’ve rode it and I think everybody knows that Daytona is way different than every other track that you will ever go to. From what we’ve seen, I think it’s going to be good for us but we won’t know that until we go there.”
At the end of last season, Hayden wasn’t completely decided as to whether or not he’d be defending his newly-earned #1 plate in the Supersport class. The Kentuckian has confirmed that he in fact will and said he’s satisfied to continue the two-class route, which has both positives and negative associated with it.
“Yeah, I’m happy,” Hayden said. “One way I look at it is if you’re struggling on the Superbike, you have another class to try to run at the front. Sometimes the track time helps but other times riding those classes back-to-back like that… I mean Virginia, we came in off the track (following the Supersport race) and they blew the two minute horn (for the Superbike race). It’s 105 degrees, full-blown humidity. That’s the worst part about it. Once you’re riding you’re not that hot but once you come in that’s when the temperature turns up. That’s the hard part about it. It’s hard to do those races back-to-back, and it is extra wear and tear on your body -- more fluids you lose during the weekend. But at the same time all the extra track time could be an advantage”