MotoGP » Buoyant Hayden expecting a 'wild one'

Nicky Hayden qualifies fourth for the Italian Grand Prix, the American now looking to turn that into a strong result for Ducati on home soil.

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BigAl - Unregistered

July 14, 2012 7:19 PM

4th and within 0.4 sec of the pole. At first glance this looks like a terrific result.

But it isn't.

Barbera outqualified Nicky on a non-works bike, Stoner never got a clear lap, and Crutchlow & Spies both lost time with crashes.

This isn't going to be enough for Ducati to rethink their intentions for Crutchlow if Rossi stays or thwart Audi's jingoistic predisposition to sign Bradl if Rossi leaves.


July 14, 2012 7:24 PM

His race pace is quite far off from Lorenzo/Pedrosa but if he can battle for the podium i'll be very happy!

If Nicky can get a good result here i wonder where that will leave the contract talks as it seems Ducati has slowed down on its pursuit of Cal as it was supposed to be a done deal this weekend and its not looking like that is going to be the case.

Rumors from the press is that Valentino himself prefers to partner with Hayden if he is to continue with DucAudi, but he has claimed to deny this. This isnt the first time Rossi has done such a thing, as he did this with Colin Edwards back when they both ran the works Yamaha.

I hope to see some promising things from the Ducati on Sunday and the test on Monday

Dutch69Camaro - Unregistered

July 14, 2012 7:47 PM

Can't blame Rossi for speaking out whou he prefers as a teammate. It's up to Ducati to decide anyway...but if you pay someone ridicilous amounts of money to race for you it makes sence to try to make him happy too, so I think it will carry some weight in their decision

mrc24x - Unregistered

July 14, 2012 10:44 PM

I'm surprised the journalists haven't picked up on Cal's interview at Assen when the Ducati story broke. He said "it's up to Rossi now..."

Does that mean his offer is only if Rossi leaves??

Who knows?? Either way, nice job from Nicky and Hector today! Hopefully the tires will hold up a little better and we can see Nicky in the top 6.


July 14, 2012 11:10 PM

re: "Rossi has flushed Ducati even further down the pan. Ducati would benefit from ditching Rossi in favour of Cal and keeping Hayden on board."

not according to sales data. guys, you really have to come to grips that this is a business. yes, i know it "masquerades" as entertainment for entertainment's sake, but at some point the bigger picture has to filter into one's thought process if they ever hope to be taken seriously.

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