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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unregistered - Unregistered

February 08, 2013 9:43 AM

I've never heard Nicky criticize the bike and the factory like this before, he must be really dissapointed or something must have happened. He should definitely leave next year, he'd be great in WSB.

TalentFan - Unregistered

February 08, 2013 9:58 AM

@ jfc1 I said FACTORY Ducati, as in Factory Prototype, as in a machine MEANT to be competing with the other Mfrs FACTORY PROTOTYPE efforts (HRC / Yam). And you know it.

For Ducati to go CRT without ALL teams being forced to go that route by rule changes would be commercial suicide. They'd simply state that (as is true) that the rules make it impractical to be able to produce a competitive bike (as HRC /Yam) already have all the answers and the data, the massive budgets and the test restrictions & tech rules in place to ring-fence their continued domination.

Unless the OTT tech & advantages of HRC /Yam are curtailed (e.g. the rules are changed to outlaw the stuff only they can have and the costs contained as well) then Ducati's only real choice will be to withdraw from MotoGP altogether just like Suzuki did. No other Mfr is fool enough to enter under the existing regime either, so MotoGP suffers more crisis.

Factoid - Unregistered

February 08, 2013 12:49 PM

The stats don't lie. Hayden was not 2 seconds off the pace when Stoner was at ducati. You can credit Rossi and Burgess for trying to steer the bike in a whole different direction rather than understanding the CF frame and evolve it from there.

This year ducati is Rossi's child.

Smoker - Unregistered

February 08, 2013 1:02 PM

@shakennstirred - You say Nicky was an "also ran" before Rossi got there, but didn't you notice the Ducati turned Rossi himself into an "also ran" as well. Doesn't that clue you in that it's the bike holding some very talented racers back? I think you'll see that Rossi still has much more than "also ran" ability this season. The bike's been going downhill not only with Stoner but everyone who's touched it for years now.

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