MotoGP » Qatar MotoGP: Hayden bridges gap to Dovizioso

'It would have been nice to pick up one more spot, but I couldn't get past Dovi because he was better than I was on the brakes' - Nicky Hayden

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April 08, 2013 2:22 PM

I think Nicky's experience with this bike tells him that if you race hard at the start, you pay for it at the end.
So he didn't do a banzai race like Dovi, but ended up on the same pace/position as Dovi at the end.
Ducati need testing time, and they won't get it at Austin now.


April 08, 2013 2:33 PM

re: "Ducati need(s)..."

...a high performance trellis the likes of which they have never built before.

hint: fabbro did it with SSA, that means it can be done with the trellis. please tender all consultancy courtesy of my paypal address, thank you.

jarbarian - Unregistered

April 08, 2013 4:12 PM

Nicky knows you can't burn the tires to get ahead of everyone because in the end, you will fade faster than everyone else.

Let's also add that we have midgets on Hondas (Marquez and Pedrobot) so that gives the Factory Hondas a clear advantage in speed and accelleration.

I'm not sure what Ducati is going to do (I personally do not like their bikes but meh) but they clearly are still behind Honda and Yamaha in how you build a winning bike.

I feel bad for Nicky and Dovi. I suspect Nicky will be in WSBK next year (better racing anyway) and Crutchslow will take his place. It's a shame, Honda should have kept Nicky because until the diminutive Aussie raced on a Repsol, Hayden was the last winner on a Repsol Honda.

jason - Unregistered

April 08, 2013 6:34 PM

Im happy Ducati didnt get embarassed . The bike can do the lap times, now if the tires could last...... Im still impressed with Dovi fighting near the front for a awhile. Another solid job by Nicky but I hope he improves in the coming races


April 08, 2013 6:36 PM

@ Jason

What do you mean? They are exactly where they have been for seasons and Nicky made it known on multiple occasions the last 2 seasons that the Ducati can run the pace for about 1/4 of a race. None of this is news.

jarbarian - Unregistered

April 08, 2013 7:26 PM

agree w/realist.

Ducati has had a crappy bike since the Japanese caught up to them in 2009/2010 so for the last 3-4 years Ducati has been trailing the pack. It shows how brilliant a rider Stoner was to even be able to stay near the front with a subpar motorcycle. He may have had a big mouth and been honest but he was 100% factual with his statements. Nicky knows how to play the PR line to keep a job...

not surprised - Unregistered

April 08, 2013 8:39 PM

Hayden fans out with the excuses early doors, Yes the bike is sub-par but Thats a bike Hayden Has had input in. Sadly all American riders look finished, Edwards is phoning it in, Hayden run out of talent years ago and god only knows whats going on in Bens mind. Time for Ducati to find another American salesman


April 08, 2013 8:43 PM

@ not surprised

I'd like to see Josh Hayes come to GP. He rode well to 7th if I remember correctly during his wild card ride. That's as good as your average GP rookie (with the few exceptions aside) and better than some GP veterans, and he's just a local rider in the baby pro series. Sadly I think that he's around Rossi's age, so it may be too late to start a GP career. WSBK might be up his alley though.


April 08, 2013 9:31 PM

Im not sure if you watch AMA but a young rider by the name of Cameron Beaubier is the Best bet for a MotoGP ride,He was Marquez's teammate in the redbull cup.
Like to see him in moto2 next year,very fast on a R6

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