MotoGP » Nicky Hayden: I didn’t expect it to be so tough


"I didn't expect it to be so tough here. I really expected to be more competitive" - Nicky Hayden.

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MotoScene

February 07, 2014 12:16 PM

I was hoping for Hayden to be a bit more competitive after so many years at Ducati, when he must have thought about leaving over that time. He spent so long developing that bike and to get nowhere, he must have thought a return to Honda would see him further up the standings.

I've no doubt he'll improve as the year goes on, as he adjusts to a bike that will handle better than the Ducati ever did and settles into his new team

ducati1098

February 07, 2014 1:04 PM

I don't know how long his contract is but it would be nice to see him be so competitive again. Though the Aprilia may have also been a decent choice, I still think that he will be more competitive on a Honda. I think that spending 5 years on a Ducati has caused him to develop habits that are not suitable for this bike. Hopefully he will develop better habits and become more competitive. Though I would love to see him on an Open Yamaha.

Guna4699

February 07, 2014 1:33 PM

Jumped out of frying pan only to fall into the flames of stove... ha ha ha nice words crash...

With ducati his bike was a blinder down the straight even capable of smoking a yamaha on top speed,, but was a pig when going into corners...
Now this bike handles good but rider just in front while entering a straight disappears at the end of the straight...

feeling pity for Nicky,, how about a bike swap with colin...

some1

February 07, 2014 2:18 PM

His team should start shopping for a better ECU and TC programmer and a non-standard racing sprocket combinations.

In old days, mechanics could made up some modification into the engine and become competitive on the next day. But Dorna has blocked the mechanics creativity and prefer software programmer instead.

golfnut04

February 07, 2014 2:58 PM

LOL i don't need a year to remember how to open the throttle on an straightaway! Horsepower is a measure of power and you are not going to get any more than the engine was design for unless you dump more fuel, Electronics will only smooth the power delivery , Mr Nakamoto knows this for sure, he just never thought the Yamaha PR bike was going to be this good and now he's back pedalling and dodging questions, he totally underestimated the competition, he will not provide more HP cause he could get too close to the Honda satellite bikes that cost more than twice hence pissing off LCR and Gressini, it will be interesting to see what he will do with this little problem.

Garcia

February 07, 2014 3:17 PM

Ha ! Good to see Hayden is not being all PR anymore and is telling it as it is. He should put his foot down on this , get support from American Honda , put some pressure on Nakamoto.

cyclopathic

February 07, 2014 4:56 PM

Honda got a problem on their hands: they have not expected Nicky to be so fast so soon, and open Yamaha so good. You cannot say Nicky is slow and cannot ride bike b/c he is 0.9sec faster then next guy on the same bike. And you can't say he did not get that thing pinned WOT most of the time.

BigH offers 4 levels: Factory (Repsol), satellite with Factory updates (Bradl), satellite w/o upgrades (Batista) and production. They designed to be .5sec slower then next level up, otherwise you won't be able to sell an upgrade package, and your marketing scheme will not work.

And it is not that Production racer engine does not have potential or they got Stoner to lie about .3sec on test, they intentionally tuned it down to support marketing pyramid.

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