National Guard Jordan Suzuki's Roger Lee Hayden feels a lot better about his chances in Daytona after the successful completion of the final pre-season test at Jennings GP in Jennings, Florida, last week.
The test was the most productive of the three pre-sea-son runs, with good weather allowing Hayden and teammate Ben Bostrom to work through a variety of issues.
"It was definitely a much needed test," Hayden said. "I feel a lot better now going into Daytona instead of if we didn't have this test from a pretty much shortened Day-tona test."
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Hayden lapped faster and more consistently than he had on his last visit to Jennings back in December.
"We were trying to get a direction on how I wanted the bike, to see what the bike did if we lowered the rear or raised the rear," he said. "When we left the test I felt a lot more comfortable on the bike. The electronics package, we needed to change it around a little bit just around my riding style some."
The two main areas of improvement were in rear traction and engine braking.
"For me, trying to get the rear to bite for me on the exit, he said. "Also, the engine braking from last year... the guys had a lot of engine braking going into the corner and I don't really like that. I like to control the braking with my finger going on, so that's probably the biggest thing is moving the front end under and changing the engine braking and the way the power is off the corner with just the electronics."
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Corrado Cecchinelli has been named as the director of technology for the MotoGP World Championship. The Italian will oversee and be responsible for all technical developments relating to the three World Championship categories; 125cc, Moto2 and MotoGP. One of the main functions of Cecchinelli's role will include the development of new regulations regarding the implementation of the Moto3 category and the new 1000cc engine capacity in MotoGP, both of which come into effect in 2012. He will also play a key role in providing a technical link between manufacturers and suppliers and the organizations involved in the governing of the World Championship, which include the FIM, the MSMA, IRTA and Dorna.
Arnaud Larose, the team manager of RAC 41 in the World Endurance Series, was killed on Friday, February 11 in a plane crash in Switzerland. Larose's wife Laurence, his son Enzo and his stepdaughter Clemence were with him on the flight and all three - and the pilot - were also killed. Larose, 40, was visiting Greg Junod, one of the RAC 41 riders. The RAC 41 team competes with the support of Yamaha Motor France.
Valentino Rossi topped the likes of LPGA golfer Paula Creamer, sprinter Tyson Gay, tennis star Justine Henin and others to earn the 2011 Laureus World Sports Award Comeback of the Year prize in results that were announced last week. Rossi, who returned to racing just 41 days after suffering a compound fracture of his right tibia, was voted as having the best comeback of the year. Rossi suffered his broken leg on June 5 at the Italian Grand Prix and returned to action on July 16 at the German Grand Prix. Spanish tennis star Rafael Nadal was named Sportsman of the Year and American skier Lindsey Vonn earned the Sportswoman of the Year at the ceremony that was held in Abu Dhabi.
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