MotoGP » Hayden: I guess sixth is pretty good

"Considering my injuries and limited testing over the winter, I guess sixth is pretty good" - Nicky Hayden.

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Brian C. - Unregistered

April 09, 2012 2:27 PM

I laugh out loud when I see the "dislike" marks. What is it about some people who just hate Hayden? Is it because he's American or something?! I mean, sheesh, get over it. He's doing the best he can on a sub-par bike built by a sub-par manufacturer. I'd say he's doing the best he can.

Realist - Unregistered

April 09, 2012 3:14 PM

Hayden may not have the talent of the aliens but he puts gives all he has every time he's on the track with clearly the most temperamental manufacture bike on the grid. It's clear he just loves to race and makes the most with what he has. Given the complaints, whining and crybaby comments/excuses from both Rossi and Stoner, Nick's attitude is quite refreshing! Just hope Ducati continues to make the GP12 better to get this guy closer to front.

gonen6t - Unregistered

April 09, 2012 3:37 PM

I am a Hayden fan, but 6th is nothing to cheer about. At this point ducati is nothing short of a career killer. Yep Stoner one in 07, but never again, nor would he be winning now.

DC - Unregistered

April 09, 2012 4:19 PM

Yeah people need to read his comments more closely. Nicky never said this was the "Best" bike he's ever ridden, he said it was the "Fastest", and he's only talking about straight-line speed. He also said it works well under upright hard braking, but it's clear the bike has REAL problems on the brakes, on the side of the tire (trail braking), something the other manufacturers don't have.

Until Ducati starts listening to the riders, and what THEY say, instead of pointing to computer data, and telling the riders they're wrong, they're going to keep fighting for 6th - 10th.

Danimal - Unregistered

April 09, 2012 5:15 PM

Hayden better lean heavy on Ducati for a decent paying contract for another two years, Rossi's outta there and ain't gonna look back, no other rider in their right mind,unless desperate for a ride, besides Hector will want to move into the factory slot. Hayden's gonna have hell of leverage against Ducati and deservingly so. Bet they try to resign him early in the season.

Brian C. - Unregistered

April 09, 2012 5:24 PM

Barbera has been pressing for a factory ride for years. He's wreckless and doesn't possess the same talent level as Hayden does. The last thing Nicky needs is Barbera on the factory team with him. Nicky needs to be the #1 Ducati rider and then have Bologna listen to his advice.

Marcio - Unregistered

April 09, 2012 6:15 PM

Hayden can do more for Ducati and Rossi needs to smell the coffee and realize Ducati is no Japs manufacture. Ducati will never make him a M1 so stop waiting and get on with it. I recall Hayden finishing 4/5/6 and Stoner winding races - I bet you Casey would have put that Ducati on the podium. (Rossi fans no need to comment I already know you can explain)

philb3131 - Unregistered

April 09, 2012 6:17 PM

Whats with everyone saying Rossi was only 5 sec behind at the flag?? Means absolutely zero. Hayden was battling with the others all race while Rossi was riding around by himself...of course his laps are gonna be better comparibly!! Truth is Rossi passed no one else after the first few laps except for a crippled Yamaha and the Cardonian Duc who parked it. The Pramac Duc punts him off while going through on him and he still thinks he would have been there for 6th?? No chance. Lucky to finish 10. Give the updates to Hayden


April 09, 2012 6:40 PM

Nick is a workhorse for sure. Always has been. People shouldn't blame Rossi for the poor performance, as Melandri can tell you, the Duc is just not right. Like another posted, Casey only won one title and would have never done so again. Can't wait til Vale gets out of his contract and gets back on a proper race bike, not a career killer.

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