MotoGP » Hayden confirms Aspar, upgraded Honda plans

“I've a two-year MotoGP deal with Aspar... next year we're supposed to be getting an upgraded bike from Honda” - Nicky Hayden.

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July 23, 2014 2:24 PM
Last Edited 199 days ago

1MoreRound: These are no longer machines made for men with big b@lls and brave right hands. The two-wheeled spanish jockey super computers are here, and here to stay. Less weight, more laptops... that's the winning combo.

Marquez, Lorenzo, Rossi (not spanish in case you did not notice), pedrosa all came from bikes sans computers - in fact in the case of Lorenzo, Rossi and Pedrosa from bikes with carbs. In fact, Hayden has been on a "super computer" bike for 10 years, while Marquez has been on a " super computer bike" for.... one.

About jockeys... Hayden weighs 67kg and 173cm.
Rossi weighs 65kg and 182cm,
Lorenzo is 173cm and 64kg.
Can you say "bubble buster"?

Redding who is more often faster (race/qualify) than Hayden is 78kg and 185cm !! :-o Dont see fans complaining much.... hummm..

Marquez wieghs 59 kg and 168cm Dovi is 67kg. Cal is 69kg.


July 24, 2014 1:38 AM

Why so much hate for Nicky? I think its clear to see hes a good rider, the Factory Honda team in 2006 were nothing special, that was back in the days of HRC being beaten by Gresini on the regular. Nicky managed to claim a title against Yamaha and Ducati who had a better package, and Gresini who appeared to have a more cohesive team. Job done


July 23, 2014 11:50 PM

I'm surprised American Honda haven't pushed to get more for their only American GP Champion in recent history. Isn't the USA an important market for Japanese sportbikes? GP needs at least 1 American, just like it seems soooo important to have a Brit & Aussie. I know we had the recession and all, but things are turning around. Nick totally deserves those pneumatic valves now! Like I've mentioned before, after leaving Ducati, HRC should've made an effort to give him Bautista's ride.


July 23, 2014 9:19 PM

........... Hayden is one of 18 or 20 entrants in the field being disadvantaged to a greater or lesser degree by Dornas gross mismanagement.

Its you that is being as unfair to Hayden as Dorna is here imo.

If you want to make reasonable comparisons of abilitg then you need reasonable benchmarks.

Hayden was very close in performance to Rossi at Ducati. Hayden was very close in performance with Dovi at Ducati. Ergo on the same kit Haydens ability was far from bad. Which has to mean that just like Rossi he has the potential to be far faster on a better package.

Thats just logic not bias.


July 23, 2014 7:50 PM

1MoreRound: Hehehe.... Apparently he thinks Crash are just making up "chit", right? I get a good laugh here from time-to-time.

Not to mention: Mottomatters, A&R, MCN, and a sleuth of others.

Yup, all on the payroll of Hayden. I wonder, with his smaller paycheck, how does he afford to eat with all of these pay-outs he has to make. It couldn't possibly be that he's a good rider who doesn't complain.

Oh - and the teams don't really like him either. They just keep him around and pay him to appease the Hayden Illuminatti or something...


July 23, 2014 7:34 PM
Last Edited 264 days ago

JasonLewis: Blah blah blah..... Nicky premier class world champ 2006. Redding, Pedro and many many many other great riders never will be.......ever. All arguments end right there

No argument from me :)

None from me either.

But the tinfoil hats are being worn. Ken calls Hayden fans conspiracy theorists - yet he's the one who assumes Crash (a brit site), and all of the other sites are on Hayden's "payroll".


July 23, 2014 7:32 PM

I say lift the factory entry of 4 rule and slam down 2016 electronics rules into 2015. This will give good bikes to more riders. and ditch corner to corner mapping. Aleix espargaro didnt use it up until recently and he still smashed on the bare bones m1. I think Aleix's M1 is a good direction of where motogp should go. He still practiced and qualified great without factory electrics. Give hayden a stripped down factory bike without factory electrics and he will smash like espargaro. I wish motogp would take notice of the level of performance riders can achieve with less eslectronics. Ofcourse keep some but use forwards bikes as base example. Plus factories will lease stripped down factory bikes for cheap filling the grid but keeping more riders competative.

I think thats the idea that dorna is moving towards but still afraid of stepping on toes.

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