MotoGP » 'Useful' last test for Hayden 'despite everything'


"Things didn't go as smoothly as we had hoped, but the test has been useful despite everything" - Nicky Hayden.

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mike - Unregistered

November 30, 2012 8:17 PM

You don't fall off unless you're trying hard!!! Does wanting to 'improve pace' ( i.e beat the WSBK boys for PR reasons), mean he's gotta push it so much he bins it? Testing IS about consistent and smooth data, which is why the top teams have test riders that lap 3s off pace, but can do so for 5000ish laps a day :-) Haven't heard anything about WSBK boys crashing. Bet it was Ducati's classic party trick, and we all know what that is :-)

Md Zane - Unregistered

November 30, 2012 9:31 PM

Just had a look at the Jerez 2010 result(carbon frame) Nicky qualifed 5th on a 1.39.5 that was .3 of a second off Casey pole position time.In the race Nickys finished 4th, 9 seconds behind the winner Yorgi and ahead of Casey.

Buckwheat - Unregistered

November 30, 2012 11:20 PM

Md Zane
Very interesting observation.
So much attention given to the frames while the common denominator of too long of a 90 degree engine remains. Audi will have to conquer this stigma if they desire to continue in GP.

Buckwheat - Unregistered

November 30, 2012 11:20 PM

Md Zane
Very interesting observation.
So much attention given to the frames while the common denominator of too long of a 90 degree engine remains. Audi will have to conquer this stigma if they desire to continue in GP.

pffff - Unregistered

December 01, 2012 4:22 AM

for the last couple years the only words we hear from ducati are: it's was a useful test or it's was interesting, or we learnt a lot of things ...

well hope things change for them and they start applying what they learnt.

oh boy , i had a dream!!

V5Stroker - Unregistered

December 01, 2012 4:50 AM

Nicky! Go to WSBK for championship contender or get Sattelite Honda or Yamaha and be on podium regularly. That Duke is a POS. And I don't think even a Stoner can win riding that POS.

SwissJudge

December 01, 2012 7:07 AM

If Ducati does not recieve huge help from VW AUDI then their days in motoGP are numbered.

Got to hand it to Stoner. Three good choices. 1st Honda, 2nd Ducati rocket ship in 2007 and then the Honda rocket in 2011.

Still the saving grace is that most people know it is a tall ask for Ducati to fight with the big two of Honda and Yamaha.

SwissJudge

December 01, 2012 7:11 AM

Audi will have to conquer this stigma if they desire to continue in GP.
Posted by Buckwheat

Or perhaps it is better that Ducati remains Ducati?

But I don't see the top guys at VW agreeing with that one. They probably feel it is better to make Ducati into a Japanese type operation and let the marketing people maintain the Ducati image.

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