MotoGP » VIDEO: Nicky Hayden interview


Former MotoGP world champion Nicky Hayden starts a new challenge in 2014, riding a Production Honda for the Drive M7 Aspar team in the new Open class.

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Forzavalentino

March 13, 2014 7:13 PM

scott redding has got to be thinking "what the f*&k have i done????"
honda are being completely obstinate about the fact their production racer is 2 secondsish slower than the yamaha and blaming it on the teams not being used to the bike!!! Honda are blaming keeping the costs down but I'm sure if you asked the teams to pay £100,000 per tenth of a second they would rip your arm off!!

bikenutter

March 13, 2014 7:42 PM

Although Scott may not see it I think he has the perfect scenario. He has no expectations on his shoulder and a year to get used to faster bikes before he steps up once more to the factory bike. At least there isn't the pressure of having to perform from the word go.

1050cc

March 13, 2014 8:39 PM

Gotta say, I feel sorry for Nicky, but worse for Scott. Nicky has been dealt blow after blow since being dumped by Honda. Even after his 2006 championship win (lucky or not), in 2007 Honda completely ignored him and concentrated on the "new" boy Pedrosa. Ducati? Nowt more to be said.

I bet Nicky was so happy to get a Honda ride in 2014, but was immediately gutted when he rode it!

But Scott is new to MotoGP. He is hungry to race in the top class and wants to make an impression. He must of realised by now it ain't gonna happen on Honda's production P.O.S.

Scott and Nicky must surely look at that "open" 2014 Yamaha and say "Come on Honda, give us MM and DP's 2013 bike!!!"

Of course, Honda will ignore them.

FasterEddie69

March 13, 2014 11:38 PM

"I know what they said during preseason and during negotiations." Boys that says it all right there. I sure hop Honda steps up to the plate and corrects this situation for the sake of the American and Nicky fans everywhere.

I wonder if Honda considers America an important market. They have not sent good signals for a long long time. Here's for hope.

Conrice

March 14, 2014 12:06 AM
Last Edited 134 days ago

bikenutter: Although Scott may not see it I think he has the perfect scenario. He has no expectations on his shoulder and a year to get used to faster bikes before he steps up once more to the factory bike. At least there isn't the pressure of having to perform from the word go.



It's not hard to get forgotten quickly in MotoGP - especially when you have just been at the back of the field, which is where he'll be almost all year.

Aoyama is a perfect example of what I'm talking about. He WON 250 and look at how dismal his motoGP career has been

Forzavalentino

March 14, 2014 12:15 AM

honda are arrogant to the very core its their way or the highway, one of the reasons valentino rossi left was they wouldn't let them keep his gp bikes and they scrapped them end of season !!! the production racer is gutless and scott will suffer again more than most because of his weight. if i were a team manager i would have had a minimum bike performance clause in the contract and free upgrades regularly to get it there......

kenluckykid69

March 14, 2014 2:41 AM

1050cc: Gotta say, I feel sorry for Nicky, but worse for Scott. Nicky has been dealt blow after blow since being dumped by Honda. Even after his 2006 championship win (lucky or not), in 2007 Honda completely ignored him and concentrated on the "new" boy Pedrosa. Ducati? Nowt more to be said.

Same old song about how honda "dumped" Hayden... and how Ducati chit on Hayden and bla bla bla... Now Hayden skilfully (as he did with Ducati) is trying to force Honda's hand (to get favoured treatment) - all while tactfully whining about his situation.

However, this i predicted pre-season and regardless, Hayden will do not better than he did on the Duc and I re-affirm that Hayden will be beaten by Ducati - perhaps not all the Duc riders, but beaten none the less. The fact is Hayden did not get "booted" from HRC because they dont like guy or favour other "less" talented riders. Hayden got booted due to poor performance. As he did eventually was in Ducati - despite his

ProfessorX

March 14, 2014 3:27 AM

Honda didn't dump Nicky, Repsol dumped Nicky. Just like Repsol dumped Dani, its only a matter of time before Dani calls it quits or moves to another team. Bradl will fill the bridesmaid slot until another more exciting bridesmaid can be called upon.

Repsol get what Repsol want, and if thats an up and coming Spanish talent, than thats what they will get.

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