MotoGP » Hayden: It was fun for a couple of laps

'Eighth place is certainly not what our goal is. The bike's got a lot of potential, but at the moment, the gap to the rest is still too far' - Nicky Hayden

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April 30, 2012 10:55 AM

Felt sorry for Nicky yesterday.He got a good start and was showing some flashes of the great rider we know he is.I think he knows that the Ducati has the ability to progress as his efforts over the first quarter of the race showed.The answer cant be far away surely.

Ich - Unregistered

April 30, 2012 12:26 PM

So the Duc seem to be devouring tires?

If it so and if left unfixed, in this era, that's like saying "we'll NEVER be able to challenged for a win without rain".

BrianC - Unregistered

April 30, 2012 12:40 PM
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a) Yep, Cal T-boned him (had it done to me much worse when racing in now defunct WMSC). Nicky has to push back and say "Nope, this is my spot, get back where you belong!
b) If the tires are going off that fast then Ducati better resolve that issue PRONTO. It's a pretty sad testimony to Ducati to have their racers ASKING for rain.


April 30, 2012 12:47 PM

I was really impressed with Nick yesterday. Disapointing placing for him in the end,but he really got the hammer down and showed yesterday as he did in 2006 what he's all about. Game and grit. There is a certain mentality about Nicky that's his bane and his boon.
A book can be written about it....#69's GP career.
Nick has always had a tendency to defer to the pecking order within the team. When he partnered Rossi at Repsol he deferred to him. In 2006 he was HRC's #1 and delivered,but Repsol/HRC conspired(probably the wrong word) against him in favour of Dani for 800.
The situation at Ducati is in a state of flux at present. For Ducati,Nick should be the 'go to man'.
He had no chance against Stoner,but showed flashes in 2010. As HRC did back in 2006,Ducati need to do likewise for Nicky as of now. In my opinion Nick is riding his guts out and his team mate is riding the gravy train. And there's not many productive years left in either of them.

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