MotoGP » Nicky Hayden out of Indianapolis MotoGP

"The results of the CAT were negative, and the American should be discharged this evening or tomorrow morning, but in any case he won't take part in the Grand Prix."

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Jay - Unregistered

August 19, 2012 12:20 AM

Get well soon nicky dam shame, barbera's crash, all most broken back big get well to you too

To risk it all for us and the sport they love respect

M1M - Unregistered

August 19, 2012 12:30 AM

It was a very strange crash as the bike wasn't lent over far. It's hard to tell from the on board precisely when the bike starts to let go but the audio indicates the engine may have cut out beforehand, causing the same kind of crash which made them abandon testing when the ECU stopped working. This was caused by heat and/or vibration after being repositioned above the engine to centralise some mass. Either that, or the front is getting so little heat into it that it's not reaching working temperatures. They've been forced to move weight back to get drive out of the slippery corners and because of the low engine position it won't transfer enough weight under braking to bring the front up to its temperature range. This seems possible, considering the problems Rossi had with the front tucking at Laguna, (looking like new still at the end of the race when he crashed out), and also in qualifying here, but the lean angle seems to have been insufficient for that to have been the cause.

billie_morini - Unregistered

August 19, 2012 12:45 AM

This is very unfortunate for Nicky. Boy, this Ducati is a mean motorcycle. This is the kind of thing that happens with it when you try to make it go fast. Casey won or crashed. Fortunately, he was never hurt. But, he could have been. I don't blame Val a bit for not getting hurt by this thing.

And this beast is different than the biggest, baddest, two-stroke 500cc. Those old bikes were the true measure of Moto GP and all of them were wild. The modern Ducati is simply a career-ending beast, Casey excepted.

M1M - Unregistered

August 19, 2012 12:47 AM

P.S. Hayden should be OK for Brno but it's a real shame for him to have to miss performing in front of his home fans. I hope that with Audi's help they can make the bike competitive over the next couple of years and that Hayden is still there to reap the rewards for all the work he's put in.

As for the track, running races on a circuit which has so many surface changes, bumps, and is greasy and dirty through lack of use, as well as having dangerous kerbs and no quick ambulance access, is crazy. Riders shouldn't be expected to face the extra avoidable and unnecessary hazards of a circuit like this when they're already risking life and limb. It's bad for racing too because it makes passing much more difficult when there is only one safe line through the dirt.

porsche996 - Unregistered

August 19, 2012 12:47 AM

Too too bad - I am sure he would have been top 5/6 qualifing and race! He rides the bike hard as it needs to be ridden, but it isnt forgiving enough to allow him to do it.

Rossi looks like he is riding with me on a sunday afternoon!

M1M - Unregistered

August 19, 2012 1:04 AM

"Is it the Tyres? Too many freaky spills this year. Its a nightmare"

The Moto3 and Moto2 qualifying sessions were crashfests too, and they're not on the same tyres. It's definitely the circuit that's caused this spate of crashes and not only that but probably the amount of injuries resulting from them too, due to the highsides and the fact that riders land on, or slide over, those kerbs.

wadcutter - Unregistered

August 19, 2012 1:16 AM

It was a bad day for a few of them and everyone else had moments. That Tarmac wants sorting out, flat, featureless track with no grip....why do they go there again??

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