MotoGP » Nicky Hayden: Ducati need something big

'We found a couple little things over the course of the test... but I think we need something big' - Nicky Hayden

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February 07, 2013 9:34 PM

poor hayden! the guy is better then you all give him credit for. to bad he wasted all these years on the duc. maybe next year he can get one of the hondas and better his time and beat all the ducs too!

Md Zane - Unregistered

February 07, 2013 10:52 PM

Get shot of the ugly body work first and make it slim and mean,basics first chaps an Italian machine should first of all look beautiful.Wouldn't suprise me if the streemliner like fairing is causing the bike problems or is not helping in the corners.

cxl - Unregistered

February 08, 2013 12:01 AM

Hayden's had a rough go with regard to bikes since '06. 2 years on the Honda 800cc mini bike then to Ducati...
it did seem like he had a bit momentum early in '10 but things seemed to go downhill from there.


February 08, 2013 12:11 AM

Its a great shame, but c'mon - hardly unexpected.
And its not likely to get better. Honda & Yam brought in F1 tech pneumatic valves after Dukes Desmo proved so fast with Stoner in '07 - only way they could rev hard enough to beat Desmodromic operation. Not bike tech, F1

Testing limits and the tech rules mean Ducati haven't the time nor the room to get competitive - IT WON'T HAPPEN, unless the rules change drastically - which HRC / Yam will do their utmost to veto/block.

Audi will quickly realise this, demand changes and will PULL OUT when they don't get them, leaving 2 mfrs and an even sorrier MotoGP. I hope I'm wrong, but will be totally unsurprised if I'm not.

My prediction is Ducati will pull out of MotoGP in 2 seasons if the playing field isn't levelled to give them a fair chance.


February 08, 2013 12:25 AM

I read on another forum how Hayden was as fast as Rossi on the Duc. As others have stated Rossi made a difference. And finally the voice of reason, only a blind man could not see that Duc are the problem not the riders, I firmly believe that Stoner new what was wrong just as Vale did they won't listen. And every year Duc stands still while the other move on which is why comparing what Stoner did in 2010 to what Vale faced in 2011 and 2012 especially is flawed Yam and Honda both made major steps particularly in 2012 and Stoner would have faced a similar outcome possibly falling more often as he tried to do the impossible Vale simply decided I am not going to do, common sense in my opinion especially if the factory ignores you.

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