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Interview with Nicky Hayden

Because of this, will you actually be, or did you ride fewer laps that you would normally? Are you more careful about planning the number of laps that you're riding, or are you going out, doing the work you need to do and get back again?

Nicky Hayden:
For the opener, sure, it didn't even cross my mind. I was only think about doing the maximum. But sure, as the season goes on, it might be something to look at. I normally always do a couple of extra laps, well, not to most guys, but I'm always on the high end. But sure, it will be something to look at, especially if weather is dodgy. Track is damp, patchy, whatever, where you're not learning anything. Probably set that out. Won't be doing any carrying on on no cool-down laps, clowning around. But for now, we're just focusing on trying to get results.

Do you have any idea when you'll be expecting engine upgrades? Will it mostly be just software and chassis bits that you'll be getting?

Nicky Hayden:
We haven't talked about it. I know the test team is constantly working and going. But once the season starts, it's not like a lot of stuff changes. Them bikes, they've got the parts made. Everything is there. It's not like they can just start hacking out new parts here, especially for the engines. They can't just fire in a new engine. It takes a long time to test reliability, to test it on dyno. A lot of their test work is already thinking about next year. But sure, they're not sleeping over there.

Hey, Nick, let's say they have to bail the entire MotoGP season because of the mad volcano in the unspeakable place. So what are your options then? Let's say if you wanted to go racing, would it be going dirt-track racing here in the U.S., or would it be going dirt-track racing here in the U.S. And yes, this is an inside joke between Nick and I.

Nicky Hayden:
Can I choose both?

Beautiful. But you were at Indy last year and saw the impact Roberts had there. What are your thoughts on will you ever go back and race dirt track?

Nicky Hayden:
Indy, to be truthful, I skipped out before I got to see Kenny. I was looking at the watch, and I didn't make it. But I've seen it on YouTube, and I've actually seen him ride that bike before, about 10 years ago at Del Mar. I got to see him do a couple of hot laps. But yeah, but it's still on the radar. I don't have a date picked or a race picked. When I go to dirt tracks, I still joke with some of the guys, you know, “Make sure I still got my number plates, save me a bike, this and that.” But it's getting harder every year that I'm away. You don't just show up and win a mile. It don't work like that, as much as I hate to admit it. But it still eats at me, no doubt.

And all you need is a mile win to be in the Grand Slam club here in the U.S., right?

Nicky Hayden:
Yeah, yeah. I have a couple of short tracks and TT‟s, half-mile, I think plenty of Superbike races. But mile, I never got it, man. I led into (Turn) 3 at Del Mar and I led Springfield with a couple laps to go, but never did the deal.

Somewhat following up on that, the Marlboro ski event in northern Italy last winter, a lot of people expected guys like Casey Stoner or Felipe Massa or Alonso to win that shifter kart go-kart race held on the lake, on the ice. And it was the kid from Owensboro that won it, and won it by a big margin. Can you talk about that a little bit?

Nicky Hayden:
You know, I expected them to win, too. Casey, he's got karts in his garage, and the other guys train on it. But the track was slippery, on ice. And the year before, I only beat a couple of test drivers, so I wasn't expecting to kill it like that. But I don't know, I got a pretty good start, and I had to be so smooth working the throttle, smooth, smooth. Maybe they overdrove a bit and made some mistakes. I was pretty happy. It was a pretty cool event. This year was the 20th for Philip Morris and the whole Vroom deal, so they didn't do no penny-pinching. They pretty well threw down and made for an awesome event. To win and beat those guys … Yeah, we were all just playing, but we're all competitors. It don't matter if we're in horseshoes or something. We still want to win.


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docc - Unregistered

April 22, 2010 5:00 PM

I really don't udnerstand why some people have such a hatred of Nicky. He won the 2006 title. Deal with it. He's polite decent guy, never complains, just gets on with it and he's a great role model for kids. Go round the paddock and I'm sure there will be many, many others who feel the same. If he gets a win this season, just listen to the cheers he will get from the fans and other riders!! Forza Nicky!

Yamaha-M1 Fan. - Unregistered

April 22, 2010 6:27 PM

One of the most likeable riders around the MotoGP paddock I mean he took all that crap of Honda when he was with them yet he never said a bad thing about it just got on with the task and did his best. Ths guy deserves every bit of respect.

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