MotoGP » Ducati hoping to keep Hayden 'in the family'

“We are trying to see if Nicky can stay with us in a different role, maybe in MotoGP or maybe in Superbikes”

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July 26, 2013 7:15 PM
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re: "if they offer him anything it will be a sat duc next year in gp, sbk in america isnt as big of a deal."

i'll buy this for a dollar. not that SBK isn't a big deal, but i just remembered, it's on BeIn now, so it's had the legs cut out from under it in the states.

if I had to guess, i'd say Speed easily reaches double if not triple the amount of homes (maybe more?), that means keeping him in MotoGP on recalcitrant kit is the best option. :( uggh, I can't believe I just said that. damn you Carmelo (shaking fist in air).


July 26, 2013 9:57 PM

"i'd like to think they (audi) read my comment about rossi being in 1st position, nicky being in 2nd position, and NOBODY being in 3rd position when it comes to the US market. "

It's a message board populated by geeks and saddoes mate (me and you included). Of course they didn't!!!


July 27, 2013 2:33 AM

I'd like to see Nicky stay on a Ducati - in AMA flat track. To those who aren't Americans or don't follow the sport, there's six different styles of flat track. And Nicky has won five of them before he went to AMA Superbike. There's something like only five riders in the history of flat track who's won all six. I'd love to see him join the ranks of the greatest. And yes, in the USA, Ducati's run flat track. They're pretty good at it.


July 27, 2013 2:50 AM
Last Edited 1013 days ago

July 26, 2013 3:35 PM
I bet the negative public reaction to the news of them dropping Nicky has played no small part in this.

From the Americano fans that is... just seeing the BS that often comes out of Hayden fans... The FACT is, HRC put up with TWO years of finishing 8th and 6th - YET Ducati has kept Hayden finishing 13,7, 8, 9 and is...doh! currently 9th ! Fact is if it were not for Honda America and th moaning from Fanaticos - Honda would have not renewed Hayden after finishing 8th in his second year - without close to a single win!

But Fanaticos insist Hayden can kickash - so be it ! It is now his (forced) chance to prove it. Simple as that. Hayden is overall a nice guy - as most are in GP - and is certainly talented - like a bunch of other guys.... But rest assured that same old and a few new excuses will emerge when Hayden fails to deliver... so far i have been spot on every single year.


July 27, 2013 3:26 AM


Gee, if Honda had followed your advice and dumped him after the first contract due to your definition of under-performing (not winning right out of the box), they would have passed on the first guy who was able to stop the Rossi Express. Even after being sandbagged by his own team mate.

Bottom line: There's 22 riders good enough for MotoGP.. In any given season, four, maybe five have the ability to win the season. Period. That means all the rest of the teams have to pick from the best 17-18 riders they can find.

No, Nicky will never go down amongst the greatest. However, he's still got one world championship to his credit which, last I noticed, one of those incredibly hyped Spanish gods, who had the last generation bike built around him, has yet to win. And its very questionable if he'll do it this year.


July 27, 2013 3:41 AM

re: "However, he's still got one world championship to his credit which, last I noticed, one of those incredibly hyped Spanish gods, who had the last generation bike built around him, has yet to win."

and there it is.


July 27, 2013 3:55 AM

Anyone who thinks Nicky is not a good rider is fooling themselves. Put him on a Yamaha and he would be fighting for a podium, just like Dovi was. Put him on a Honda and there could be a win or two in his future.
I would love to see him back in Flat Tracking. As a matter of fact I am heading to the Sacramento mile tomorrow evening.

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