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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Ebaums - Unregistered

April 09, 2012 7:45 PM

there's an idea that Hyaden in fact has given up with developement and just started to use what he has. I wouldn't make such statement. It looks like Hayden's best resurrection now. To see he is precious rider, a somebody decent. It's not that black and white as it looks (Hayden vs Rossi) and surely Hayden-Barbera team would bring back the situation like there was two Capirossi at the same team:)
Rossi would maintain the leader in itself league riding CRT - if Ducati made decision to turn all CRT. Surely there would be overtaking and fight with some 'fully motogps'. Now he looses everything.

i tell you what - Unregistered

April 09, 2012 10:25 PM

The reason Hayden is not saying sh*t is because he doesn't mind being mediocre. He will say he wants better but knows he can only achieve 6th place at best on this bike. But he ain't going to come out and say how horrible the bike is like Rossi because he needs this ride in moto gp. He rides hard no doubt but his goal is not to podium or win a WC anymore it's to talk up how hard Ducati are working and get a paycheck .. but don't get me wrong he earns his check every penny.

ebaums - Unregistered

April 09, 2012 11:04 PM

really an upturn for him. With all recent feedbacks also from Barbera who said GP0 and GP12 has way better front feel it's a fact Ducati made progress.


April 09, 2012 11:13 PM

Nicky Hayden is a good, talented rider but he isn't an alien and he never will be. Just the same, a guy who was good enough to be a long term number two on a high end team won one world championship which nobody expected to ever happen. Which is something 90%+ of all MotoGP riders will never accomplish. I seriously doubt he's got illusions of ever winning a second (his championship hopes are back in dirt track where he's go one class win to go to have the complete set), but just wants to make a comfortable, successful career out of racing motorcycles. Right now he's in the catbird seat for a contract renewal, definitely in Ducati's good graces, and I can see him possibly finishing his MotoGP career with the company. To those of you who would ask, "why race a losing bike?", during the years I was a Ducati Richmond I got to know Doug Polen (former World Superbike Champion back in the early 90's) pretty well, and learned from him that Ducati takes care of it's ex-racers. Nice lifeti

Andre - Unregistered

April 10, 2012 12:54 AM

So let me get this right....Stoner openly and directly expresses his discontent with Ducati repeatedly. For his effort he is by and large looked poorly upon by the fans. Melandri does the same, Ducati goes so far as sending him to a psychologist. Rossi, after waving the flag for a year finally sucumbs to the realities of who he's signed up with. In the case of Melandri and now Rossi the majority of the fans slight the riders again. Correct? Nicky on the other hand doesn't say it but he sure as hell is thinking it and I can't blame him. I'm a fan of all the riders listed above, but Ducati's GP managers on the other hand...oh how I hate thee.

BOSSMAN1 - Unregistered

April 10, 2012 11:16 AM

personally i think ducati should go back to a steel trellis frame or perhaps try and build an aluminium trellis frame (if its possible)when ducati had a trellis frame from 03-08 the bike was actually half decent and there was front end feeling and the bike could compete for the championship look at 06 for example. Capirossi could have won it had it not have been for the catalunya crash and problems after that for a few races.

Ducati should not build an twin spar machine they simply don't know how to

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