MotoGP » Hayden facing first season without a podium

"My team has been working so hard all year, and I really want to end the season with a solid race for them" - Nicky Hayden.

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November 06, 2012 2:56 PM

Not sure that's a fair question. True he doesn't bad mouth Ducati much but neither does Rossi, until recently. When asked he's said what is wrong and what has improved. What riders say in public is not what they say in private. He's a company man, like everyone else in motogp. I'm sure both Rossi and Heyden have expressed to the engineers what is wrong with the bike. Personally I would love if they discussed in more detail the technical side of set up. They do it in nascar Ad nauseam


November 06, 2012 2:56 PM

re: "If Nicky Hayden finishes outside the top three in this weekend's Valencia season finale, it will mark the first time that the former world champion has concluded a MotoGP season without a rostrum."

see, switch to worldsupers and earl'd be adding a wing onto the trophy room back in the OWB.

tucker - Unregistered

November 06, 2012 3:04 PM

Hayden would be so good in World SBK! Would love to see it happen one day. With Supers going back to Laguna Seca now he could be more interested in the move.

another round - Unregistered

November 06, 2012 3:55 PM

I wish Colin and Nicky would both just make the switch to Supers... enough with trying to keep up with 95lb (or whatever their tiny azzez weigh) Spaniards on far superior machinery. Go race WSBK where true iron men do their thing! With the battered Hopper gone we need some more Americans in the series anyways. Both of these guys could go there and win races again.

6879 - Unregistered

November 06, 2012 4:55 PM

Let's see here...

Stoner achieves less wins after every passing year on the Ducati.

Hayden, while claiming that this is the best Ducati he's ridden, is unable to obtain a podium for the first time in his career.

Rossi's performance on the Ducati improves (slightly), but his results are similar.

Now, they're all good riders, and the bike isn't getting any WORSE, so let's give credit where it's due: Honda and Yammy have just straight up sorted out their machines while the gap to Ducati has increased steadily, year after year.

Contrast GP to WSBK, where 5 of the 6 manufacturers claimed wins this year, and it's quite sad to see such weak competition levels.

Carmelo loves Lappers - Unregistered

November 06, 2012 5:06 PM

6879 Mkes a good point. It is not necessarily that Ducati hasn't improved, but the fact is that Yamaha and Honda have been slowly evolving there fundamentally sound designs while Ducati has been in a constant state of flux trying to find at least a baseline package to build on. I for one would love to see a Trellis Framed Ducati out there again! At least they understood it! Fluttering back and forth between Carbon and Aluminum chassis and swingarms has shown to be not a core competency in Bologna! They seem to be in the same boat as Ferrari in F1. They both are capable teams but they have both succumbed to the game of catch up they have been playing with the Japanese (I know Renault is French but Infiniti is not).

rotsa ruck - Unregistered

November 06, 2012 6:02 PM

Bravo! 6879, that is quite possibly the most lucid and logical post I've read on Crash in the last year...maybe ever. Keep that up and Crash might become a site for actual race discussion.

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