MotoGP » Hayden: Less pressure without Rossi

“Maybe that's a good thing. It will maybe take a little pressure off of everybody, and we can focus on our job...” – Nicky Hayden.

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Me - Unregistered

August 18, 2012 2:13 AM

Just wondering ... why should there be pressure when Rossi had not been outperforming him by much since his first day at Ducati, at least not proportional to his wages as compared to Hayden's?

Slide Rules! - Unregistered

August 18, 2012 2:40 AM

Clearly Hayden and crew are the poor second cousins in the team and achieving decent results with minimal help is what he is ever so politely alluding to.
It will not surprise me at all to see this team make some real progress in the remainder of the year, maybe a genuine podium is on the cards and not just a lucky wet bonus or one that relies on others poor luck.
Go Nick!

It sounds like Hayden will be glad to see the back of him.
Ducati will probably go back to winning races next year. They have won races every season since '05/'06 up until Rossi joined. They turned a race winner into a non-competitor.

Now Lorenzo will have the distraction of the circus that Rossi brings to a team.


August 18, 2012 3:05 AM

@ Don't let the door

Ummm...Hayden hasn't won a race since he was on a Honda, and he has only been on the podium 3 times in nearly 4 years with the team. Conversely, Rossi has been on the podium twice in a season & a half. The only person who won races regularly on the GP was Stoner, our resident outlier. I chuckle when lesser-thans (Hayden) make smug remarks. Hell, be BARELY secured a job.....a job that he wouldn't have had if Rossi stayed at Ducati. He should be thanking Rossi for allowing him to put food on the table for another season (...because he will surely be out of a job after 2013).

billace - Unregistered

August 18, 2012 3:19 AM


Aside from the 4 aliens of MotoGP during that period, how many other riders achieved 3 podiums in MotoGP over those 4 years? How many other riders on the grid have a WC?

Hayden renewed his contract before Rossi decided to leave Ducati according to Valentino himself. You might be a bit over enthusiastic with your critism of Nicky...I think he can feed the Hayden clan for the next dozen or so generations, inbred, six-toed and all.

Pauly73 - Unregistered

August 18, 2012 3:31 AM

Nicky is a great guy and a very good rider and rides with passion it is in his family just like Rossi, but he is also from the U.S and North America for ducati is prime market for them and Hayden is a very good ambassador for them. He deserve to be in motogp no question about it but he has been in ducati for so long cos of his passport

Ted - Unregistered

August 18, 2012 3:46 AM

Dirty track alright, this place is a sh! t tip, the amount of dirt and dust s
And rubbish floating around the track is shocking,

I don't even know why this place is still on the calendar


August 18, 2012 4:21 AM

Every comment on this thread has points agreeing to and others not to agree to.

One poster said if the bike improves then it should be a podium contender, I don't think it'll improve much this year but if it does then I think we'll see more of an improvement from Rossi rather than Hayden.


August 18, 2012 5:16 AM

i feel all has gone on for the better....

nicky staying with ducati and rossi going to yamaha

fact is nicky is pretty hard working and down to earth kind of a guy.....he has spent lot of years on a pig ducati and when the seeds will bear fruit next year, he deserves to be he seems to be one of the few people fast on the ducati....unlike rossi who is constantly slow....nicky is fast but loses grip and then drops down.....

so rossi needs a good front and he has gone to yamaha

nicky needs improved tire wear and take out a bit of understeer which i think the ducati will solve by next year beginning....

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