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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July 14, 2012 11:45 PM

if thats only buisness and about the sell then they gonna keep hayden in place he's better for marketing and the brand image than crutchlow + he's american and thats ducati biggest market..
my point of view is ducati have wish they can keep rossi but with all he had said since qatar they though he gonna leave so they had talk to Cal. Now looks like rossi gonna stay dont see him going back at yam with lorenzo so ducati have 3 riders for only 2 bikes. rossi gonna have one, the question is about the other one : cal who still dont have a paper to sign when the deadline was at the start of talks due to mugello or nicky who really want to stay there and keep working on that bike who is really a really good guy for the brand marketing......

jjletho - Unregistered

July 14, 2012 11:57 PM

Next year Nicky will be riding a BMW in WSBK I think (replacing Haslam probably). I don't think he'd like to go with Ducati in World Superbike after they didn't renew his contract this year... (In 2 years MotoGP will become a private spanish championship with only Honda and Yamaha compeating).

Mike - Unregistered

July 15, 2012 12:01 AM

We all know that Barbera is duc's guinea pig this weekend for the new electronics, but more importantly, the new engine. Mugello is the best track for engine power, so what better place to test it, tha a priviteer team in a flat our HP track with no private eyes focusing on the works team.

69# Heart and soul dude, gogetit!

Mike - Unregistered

July 15, 2012 12:05 AM

@jjletho Nicky openly admited a deal in place for the works ducati in WBSK 2 weeks ago, but its time related.

It would break my heart of NH took a CRT ride, as hes a far better rider than most give him credit for to be mulling at the back.

Im a lover of WSBK and if NH was to head there, i wont look back after walking away from MGP.

GEt Edwards and spies back too and MGP can carry on being its Spanish championship.

CRT - Unregistered

July 15, 2012 12:12 AM

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.
Poster by shamerone

Which has nothing to do with Rossi. The increase in sales in the US market has not been on the superbike line. Ducati has launched more affordable, easier to maintain products that have made them more appealing to the buying public. Ducati had a history of expensive maintainence at short intervals, not so much anymore. Not to mention the easier to finance bikes compared to the japanese counterparts.

motofan - Unregistered

July 15, 2012 6:02 AM

nice job and good luck i think Duc should ditch rossi over cal and nicky ...
see uncle dorna will become crazy cos rossi will without
ride next year....yam and honda don't want rossi anymore

desmoquak - Unregistered

July 15, 2012 6:46 AM

Ducati has backing in Audi now! They should ditch the Satellite rider. Put three facory bikes on the grid, and have Rossi, Hayden and Crutchlow or Bradl riding. Use Pramac as one of their primary sponsors. Then sail off into the sunset!! IF Ducati drops Hayden, then they would be cutting off their noses despite their faces! They need an American Rider, because he's good for marketing! Ducati sells bikes here in the states because it's a Ducati, not because Rossi or Hayden or Checa are tooling around on one. It's an affordable "Italian Dream". I'm living proof! I own one!! I've ridden faster smoother more reliable bikes in my life, but they never turned heads like this one does, and no one has ever told me that my Japanese bike has a "bitch-en exhaust note"

If Hayden does well in the next three races he should have a ride for at least another year if not two!


July 15, 2012 7:15 AM

@ desmoquack

Agreed. None of my Jap bikes garnered one quarter of the attention that my Ducati did/does. The thumbs up in the freeway, the constant barrage on admirers, etc.....and I'm pretty fast on the track too. :)

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