MotoGP » Le Mans: Hayden thought 'something really good was possible'

“I began to improve and was closing on the lead group when they were battling with each other” - Nicky Hayden.

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May 20, 2013 1:32 PM

A good strong ride from Nicky in difficult conditions. Without the Rossi incident then the form suggests that once again the 2 Ducati's would have been formation flying in line astern at the flag.

Not at all sure that Hayden would have beaten Marquez and Dovi to get on the last step of the podium, but he'd have been a lot closer for sure and in with a shout.

I reckon Ducati have every reason to be very satisfied with the efforts of both their Factory riders at Le Mans. Pirro as well come to that - I'm not sure, but is Pirro's 8th the best finish of 2013 by a Pramac bike? Even if it isn't its a good ride by a stand-in. lets hope this is the beginning of some genuine progress for Ducati - the series needs as many competitive bikes as it can get.

jarbarian - Unregistered

May 20, 2013 9:31 PM

Good on you Nicky. You were flying out there and were running better lap times than Dovi! Hopefully Ducati can keep the enginnering coming. You are a winner and deserve a decent bike! You even beat last years champ AND Rossi!

kappa - Unregistered

May 21, 2013 9:55 AM

Very nice to see Ducati fly @ the front and set a great race pace! Let hope that management wants more and can figer out a way to deliver better technology for these boys

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