Hayes tops Valencia warm-up


Sun, 06 Nov 09:35:10 2011

MotoGP debutant Josh Hayes was quickest in the warm-up for the Valencia Grand Prix thanks to a bold late run on slick tyres in a damp session.

The double American Superbike champion was the first man to do a flying lap on slicks, and that allowed him to set a 1m40.469s to lead the way by 1.6 seconds over Gresini Honda's Hiroshi Aoyama and 3.3s over world champion Casey Stoner's Honda.

Hayes is riding for Tech 3 Yamaha this weekend in place of Colin Edwards, who sustained arm injuries in the Sepang crash that killed Marco Simoncelli. Although Hayes was last in the dry qualifying session on Saturday, he had been 10th quickest in the wet in Friday afternoon practice.


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