Nicky Hayden said he was happy to obey the Repsol Honda team's request that he remove a specially-made 'N.Hypocrite' sticker from his bike before qualifying at Valencia.
The sticker was intended as a light-hearted reference to the recent war of words between Hayden and Dani Pedrosa's manager Alberto Puig, which had escalated after the latter accused Hayden of being a hypocrite who had relied on Pedrosa's set-ups.
"It was just a joke, really," said Hayden. "Everybody knows the comments from my buddy - he called me a hypocrite a few weeks ago and I just made the sticker up as a bit of a joke. It wasn't some malicious thought or trying to be a punk.
"I hope nobody took it the wrong way, it was just for a good laugh. A request came to take it off because the bosses really didn't like it...
"I didn't mean to be a big punk like that, but it's good fun. But they asked me to take it off, and I don't want to cause no major drama. We got the picture."
The former champion, who will leave Honda for Ducati after this weekend's race, reckons stories like his dispute with Puig are good for MotoGP's profile.
"There's been a lot of drama, but I know you guys (the media) like it," said Hayden.
"Nobody really wants to talk about tyres or front forks, or this and that. When people call each other out and it gets personal, honestly we all like it."
Pedrosa declined to comment on the stickers or the Hayden/Puig row.
"I'm not involved in that," he said. "I said nothing about it."