MotoGP » Hayden: Things have changed, for sure…

“I'm definitely staying in MotoGP. Just need to figure out what bike, what team” - Nicky Hayden.

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October 11, 2013 7:20 AM

Wherever he goes NH will work hard, give his all for the team, be a good ambassador and he will never criticise his team in public.....unlike some others who forget how lucky they are to be in MotoGP


October 11, 2013 9:51 AM

The Honda production option would be the most favourable surely. Casey reckons it could be competitive with a few set up adjustments. Nicky's style is proven on the Honda too. I hope he has wings next season!


October 11, 2013 10:09 AM

If Hayden stays in MotoGP he'll just fade away along with guys like Edwards. Before the advanced electronics of today, rider skill could pilot a fairly uncompetitive MotoGP bike onto the podium (look at Roberts Jnr on the KR211V in 2006 and Rossi on the M1 in 2004) but these days you need the best machine to make it onto the podium. The best machine can even be termed a satellite bike like Crutchlow's Yamaha and Bradel's Honda, but beyond that, no CRT bike has been competitive enough in a full race. I'd prefer to see Hayden move to WSBK where he could even win the championship there :)


October 11, 2013 10:18 AM

The Honda bike will be restricted to not be competitive with the factory and satellite Hondas, the Aprilia will be as quick as the engineers are able to make it, but possibly still slower than the Honda.
It's a gamble either way but at least the Aprilia dice isn't loaded.


October 11, 2013 10:19 AM

So basically now there's a high chance of Aprilia pulling the plug on its MotoGP intentions all together? That's sad. Wonder if it has anything with them all but losing the WSBK to Sykes/Kawasaki...

An all new RSV4 is supposed to be out next year as well so they might be focusing their development on that... but who knows!


October 11, 2013 3:06 PM

Good to know that his heart still lies in MotoGP, but I am sure that he is also disappointed with the appointment of Luigi to Ducati. However, I'm not sure if Iannone's 2014 option contract was exercised. There is still a possibility for Hayden to be on a Ducati whether that is with Pramac or customer version. Seems like the customer version can use a different set of tires and fuel allowances. If that is the case, maybe and I mean just maybe the Ducati can rise above the 8-10th places to 5-7th. On the other hand, putting him on a Honda proddy can surely elevate him in certain tracks anywhere from 4-7th places. This is very interesting indeed. Not to mention that Suzuki is also right around the corner for 2015. I am hoping that they will at least speak to Hayden.

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