MotoGP » Hayden expects 'more focus' after Rossi departure

'We don't have a 'new bike' as such, it hasn't changed a lot from last year, but we're taking small steps' - Nicky Hayden

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Jimbo79 - Unregistered

January 15, 2013 4:36 PM

I think Hayden will be a good match for Dovi and more focused now VR has gone, it should be interesting to see who is fastest after the first 4 races once Dovi gets used to the duc. As for the front 3 I feel JL and DP will head it consistently with VR being more of a threat to them than most people are predicting. Just hope I'm right, but I also think VR will fight a lot with MM who also likes a good scrap and is something quite special. Whatever happens it ain't gonna be boring..

jambop - Unregistered

January 15, 2013 5:32 PM

With all the millions they just flushed down the drain on Rossi rather than on the bike for 2 years it is obvious they can't afford to build a new bike. Ducati has to call Rossi and ask for their money back.

Poor asses are bankrupt.

Weird thing is, if you believe the press stories, Ducati were desparate to keep Rossi, he must have been doing summat for them! I think Ducati know just as well as many others that there is a very fine dividing line between a winning bike and a dog. Lets be sensible here at some tracks there was only 0.5 -0.75 of second between Rossi on the Duc and Stoner on a Honda on a 14 corner lap that is only about 0.05 per corner its a very very small margin. Now Ducati have to improve their bike to close the gap it is possible but the problem is that the opposition does not stand still either they will improve as well.

billace - Unregistered

January 15, 2013 6:09 PM


The question is who has the most media influence, Rossi?, Ducati?, Dorna? I think the stories were pushed more from Rossi's side to help his negotiations with Yamaha.

I believe that if Ducati didn't ring Jorge up a few seasons ago Jorge wouldn't have gotten teh leverage to get Vale's data. If that didn't happen its possible Vale would have never left Yamaha...

A top rider has strong bargaining chips as long as more than one OEM wants to sign him.

jambop - Unregistered

January 15, 2013 6:26 PM

I don't follow that one billace.
As see it Yamaha wanted Rossi back on the books, why else would they have given him a two year contract? Or are you saying that in fact its Dorna that hire and fire riders? Not ridiculing that suggestion, but Yamaha had a seat on one of the best bikes in the paddock to fill. I would suggest that Yamaha wanted Rossi in that seat because they know he still a very competitive rider who will either win races and possibley a championship or get enough points from the other top riders to help their #1 Lorenzo win the championship. Also Ducati had one of their best years for sales at a time when they won nothing why? Rossi thats why and they only hire Hayden for exactly the same reason bike sales, he is rank and has been since he signed for them but got another season??


January 15, 2013 6:39 PM

As I've seen others suggest, we have to consider that one part of Yam signing Rossi was the 'marketability' factor in Rossi to attract the title sponsor that Yamaha team have been sorely lacking since Fiat went.
Thing is, Sponsors want to be associated with a front-runner, & 2 barren years can't have helped even Rossi's attractiveness and pricetag.
Throw in the weight of Dorna desperately lobbying to get Rossi on a competitive bike as Rossi is still the draw for the punters and Dovi or anyone else never really stood an chance of getting that ride over VR.
All it needs now is for Rossi to perform at a consitently high and podium competitive level and it'll make most parties very happy.
The only possible fly backstroking in the soup is if Rossi can't compete with JL, DP & MM.

Smoker - Unregistered

January 15, 2013 6:44 PM

Sadly, if the Ducati is largely unchanged and Honda and Yamaha always up the ante year after year,I don't see how anyone can expect Ducati results not to drop further back from the front compared to last year.

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