MotoGP » Hayden: We can't expect a lot to change

'Although Silverstone is normally a great GP, we know it won't be easy for us, as we can't expect a lot to change since we're arriving directly from Brno' - Nicky Hayden

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August 28, 2013 1:40 PM

He will be more competitive on a Honda production racer for next year but I doubt he'll win races. He'd like to stay in MotoGP and I hope his experience and presence would be enough for Suzuki to sign him for 2015 and on.


August 28, 2013 1:59 PM

Since he won the championship in 2006, what has he done?
Granted the Ducati is not the best bike out there but the measure is how well you do against your team-mate.
Stoner? No contest.
Rossi? Rossi did better even though he wasn't really trying.
Dovizioso? He is two places ahead in the championship and usually beats Hayden despite his experience on the bike.
Face facts - Hayden has lasted so long at Ducati because he is American & the US is an important market for Ducati. That's it. No other reason.
It doesn't matter where else he goes, Suzuki or whatever, he will never be anything other than a mid-pack runner at best.
Give some young guys a chance - he has had his time.


August 28, 2013 3:19 PM

I agree that Hayden's best bet is to go to WSB if he wants a chance to win another championship because all the other factory and satellite spots for Honda and Yamaha are taken and he'll only get a privateer ride at best. If he goes to WSB there is no guarantee he'll win the championship because there are quite capable riders in that series. But based on Hayden's comments it sounds like he would rather stay in Motogp as I think he enjoys the lifestyle and is comfortable just circulating around making up a grid spot.

Deano B

August 28, 2013 4:33 PM

The ever optimistic Nicky Hayden, you gotta love him...... Through all the adversity recently he is still a company man. It's a damn shame that bike sucks...

You could actually copy and paste what the 2 x ducati riders say pre race every race weekend.


August 29, 2013 8:18 AM

“We certainly hope to be able to fight closer to the front than we've been able to in these last couple races"

Is it only me that's getting sick of hearing these same old tired lines.
I'm with you LLary, over it.

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