MotoGP » Dovizioso welcomes Crutchlow, Hayden caution

“If Ducati find the direction and improve the bike it could work out well [for Crutchlow]. If the bike doesn't improve I'd say it'll be really tough” – Nicky Hayden.

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August 16, 2013 11:36 AM

Let me see who is the master mind that wll say OHH aim so dissapointed with the comments Hayden did, after all is live doing bad on the Ducati, Very dessapointing... Its live its the true, Ducati is bad and only waching the first oficial testes of 2014 is when we wach if Ducati had found somethingh better for there riders.. the Baby Era of 800cc is over keep dreaming


August 16, 2013 1:03 PM

@ LLarry
Nicky has ever been vindictive in anything he does...why would he start now. Even when Honda was dishing the champion elect trial parts in his championship campaign he kept his lip tight.!!

He is just stating the obvious that Crutchlow, Dovi, Rossi and every one else in and out of the paddock knows! The statement and the facts of performance (in both directions) for 3 good/great riders speaks for itself. (Rossi, Dovi, Stoner)

Cal is a good rider but (like Dovi who is/was arguably better) his performance will depend on the quality of the bike as well. The same was true for Stoner, Rossi, Dovi, Marco, and Nicky.... PS..Stoner regained the title once he jumped off the sinking Ducati... and he is a great rider.


August 16, 2013 1:06 PM


? I only like the rear of the bike i think the way they mix the exaust with the rear end loocks good but come on...
The best loocking bike has to be the M1 much more radical..


August 16, 2013 1:35 PM

....if Crutchlow is to improve his current will be due to the motorbike...unless you are suggesting that he is purposely not winning and holding back for when he does move to Ducati. Logic suggest that if he is not winning on the sorted M1 (factory or not) he will do less on the unsorted Ducati. He would do better on the factory M1 but do you see where I am going with this better or lesser equipment argument.

I am not suggesting that Crutchlow cannot make some personal improvements but that will be hindered by an underperforming bike so everyone has fingers crossed that Ducati can resolve its technical issues and provide a weapon long overdue for a championship challenge...heck at least a race win challenge...


August 16, 2013 1:37 PM

I agree with Joeski. Would Stoner have won another championship if he stayed on the Ducati? I don't think so. Stoner was without a doubt the best to ride the red bike but even his winning streak went down from 10 wins in 2007 to 6 in 2008, 4 in 2009 and 3 in 2010. But when he jumped onto the Honda in 2011 he had 10 wins again for the season. All of these riders are great. Even Crutchlow mentioned how he had misjudged the back markers in MotoGP who are still super fast. The Ducati is a rubbish bike but at least it is a factory PAID ride for Crutchlow. Hayden is an exceptional rider and a great brand representative :)


August 16, 2013 2:13 PM


Completely understand where your coming from and I wrote that expecting a bit of backlash!

I dunno, I always thought the front view looked good as well, the profile of it and the rider....its nice. Heres something else controversial, I always thought Rossi look really ungainly on the duke.....I think Cal will be able to "sit in" rather than "sit on" it.....possibly a factor.


August 16, 2013 5:21 PM

Understand Hayden's cautionary remarks as I'm sure he's a bit hurt by being tossed by probably equal talent. Cal is obviously going to Duc to cash in. Think about it, hey Hayden, Dovi, Rossi, Stoner, Melandiri, etc... couldn't win championships on more recent iterations so what makes you think I can, an easy built in excuse while cashing in. However, I think that if Duc/Audi are serious to improve and have seriously taken Rossi's and now Dovi's suggestions and have made changes to tech/mngmt personnel they may have a plan that will lead to true improvements. Time will tell.

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