MotoGP » Nicky Hayden gets MotoGP test time at Mugello

Nicky Hayden to join the Ducati Test Team at Mugello this week.

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April 17, 2012 9:09 PM
Last Edited 1394 days ago

@ Dr Thompson

I'm with you man.

I find it funny that Crash detractors find any reason to slag Rossi. Hayden has been mediocre, at best, for years (and is still mediocre), but now he's deserving of so much!!??! The merit assigned to him because he's "a nice guy" has nothing to do with the fact that he hasn't done much with the Ducati pre-Rossi, and won't do much post-Rossi. He'll be a mid-packer for the rest of his career.

roemer - Unregistered

April 17, 2012 9:12 PM

@DB8 it was portugal.

Rossi has been taken on board to help Ducati develop a bike that not only Stoner can ride and WIN. Whether he will win on it or not it might be irrelevant at this point, question is more who else will be able to win something on a Ducati? answer will be in 2013 me think

back in topic, Hayden is just entitled to test now, rossi not. Go Nicky :-)

srshaw - Unregistered

April 17, 2012 9:29 PM

I miss watching Casey on the Ducati. You can only imagine how well he would be going with a 1000cc Ducati. Definitely not the best decision to let him go to Honda.


April 17, 2012 9:39 PM
Last Edited 1394 days ago

@ srshaw

You're right! It would probably go as well as 2008, 2009 and 2010 (i.e..failure).

P.S. Word to the wise! It wasn't about Ducati LETTING him go. It was about HIM choosing a team that would provide him with the best opportunity to win another championship (which he obviously did) and be a regular championship contender. Two entirely different things! I'm glad that Stoner left.

CRT - Unregistered

April 17, 2012 9:57 PM

@ Realist

I would not call 2008,2009 and 2010 failures. He still won, he still put it on the podium, and finished no less than 4th in each season. Hardly a failure by comparison to his replacement.

Pre season in 2009 Ducati was in a pickle. The laws of physics do not change for Stoner, and to paraphrase (my memory sucks), Ducati took his victories as the bike and his failures as his own.

It's difficult for anyone to tell an engineer "yes I'm winning, putting it on the box, but the ride sucks". Ducati's attempt to make the bike more "rider friendly" obviously failed in 2009 to present.

Stoner was the greatest gift and the greatest curse to Ducati.

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