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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TalentFan

January 15, 2013 6:44 PM

On topic though, I reckon it can only be 'onward & upward' in 2013 for Ducati with their mainly new rider set-up. There's a better chance of the team being more cohesive rather than fragmented by 'Rossi & Burgess crew' and 'Ducati Crew' I'd guess, meaning more working toward a common goal for mutual benefit.
I still think expecting dry podioums is a pipe dream, but I'd not be surprised with Dovi & Hayden's worl ethic, plus Ben's & Iannone's input to see some positive progress through the season.

kenlucky kid - Unregistered

January 15, 2013 7:39 PM

Finally, Hayden is number one head honcho on a full factory bike!! Fans cant complain (but they will), so this year is da year for Hayden! After all - no more riding "someone else's bike" and of course, as many fans state: Hayden can develop a bike! So, we'll see - now stoner is goner (as well as crashfest spies) that Hayden can improve on his 9th !

Marc - Unregistered

January 15, 2013 8:01 PM

If Spies does well this season it may be the last season for Hayden at Ducati. Plus he's kidding himself if he thinks that Dovi won't be getting similar attention to Rossi.

CRT - Unregistered

January 15, 2013 8:03 PM

In an interview with Fruwasa, he stated YRC did not want Rossi back however, the board meeting marketing department trumped thier decision.

One can only speculate as to the influence (if any) Uncle Carmelo had.

This is the most entertaining comment from Nicky during the interview "Over the past two years they took some unfair criticism saying they didn't try enough to give him what he wanted and I certainly disagree with that. I think they went above and beyond trying to please him and unfortunately that was a little bit negative because maybe we tried too hard to improve and made too many big changes during the season. "

Marc - Unregistered

January 15, 2013 8:08 PM

Unfortunately Smoker I think you're right. Ducati is very slow to make changes and updates while the Japanese counterparts are making several alternative changes every few months to components that riders say need work. It's very difficult for Ducati to keep up hence their results.

prof-x - Unregistered

January 15, 2013 10:04 PM

It would seem Ducati have had the same fundamental issue since 2009. If Ducati are not trying dificult it tells me they might be thinking about pulling out and limiting any further losses on investment.

All they need is for Pirelli to build them some slicks, a shame MotoGP's control tire only seems to suite one manufacturer.

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