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Hayden bros. interview - Part 2

Following the recent US Grand Prix, Nicky Hayden and younger brother Roger Hayden took part in a media teleconference hosted by Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

Nicky finished fifth for Ducati at Laguna Seca, while Roger - who stood in for the injured Randy de Puniet at LCR Honda - claimed eleventh place in his first MotoGP appearance since 2007.

America's second MotoGP round, the Red Bull Indianapolis GP, will be held on August 27-29 - when Nicky will be looking to repeat his 2009 podium, while Roger will make his debut in the Moto2 class...

(Part 2)

Ron Lieback:
Up until around Round Six, the Dutch TT, you placed fourth a consistent four out of five rounds. But you didn't receive any (inaudible) until this weekend at Laguna, which by the way was an awesome race. What are the biggest struggles with the GP10, and do you think with more time on the bike next season, it will be even more positive?

Nicky Hayden:
Well, the biggest struggle, this year we had new engine rules, which has made it hard on all the teams. But our team is hanging on pretty well. It's going to be interesting how that plays out as we go down the stretch. Sure, more time with the bike, more time with the team is always good. Next year, things aren't all settled down completely. But we did a big step from last year to this year, and I would hope to be able to do the same next year. The bike has improved a lot from last year, and the engineers there are really committed to wanting to make it the best bike on the grid. And I've seen a lot of improvements really from last year to this year. From rideability, reliable, more consistent bike. Yeah, I think the bike has a lot of potential that we haven't even got to yet.

What's up with the haircut?

Nicky Hayden:
Ah, nothing. Ain't nothing behind it or nothing like that. Yeah, that's not going to stick. That's not a full-time thing. It's a home GP deal.

David Emmett:
Casey said at Laguna, and has been saying recently that basically he can't get anything more out of the bike. The bike, he's gone as fast as it can go. How do you feel about that? Do you feel you can still get more out of the bike to make another step, or do you really need some development time and some new parts to get it going?

Nicky Hayden:
Well, it's a combination. I think the bike, in this game, if you're not improving, somebody else is. So you're going backward. Ducati, as the season goes on, it's not like we get a lot of new parts, this and that. Now they're focusing on next year and down the road. I'm sure we'll have some setup options and some ideas to test at the Brno test that we haven't tried yet. But as far do I expect some radical new parts? No. One of the things we need to sort out, we've been having big problems with our starts lately, me and Casey both. From me in Mugello to him at Silverstone and me again this week. Well, Barbera, what happened to him may have been related to the start. We can work that out. I know Casey, he's a good rider. He don't leave much out there. So I'm sure if he thinks the bike needs to improve, I hope we can improve it. But I think we have a good enough package to be winning races. Casey proved in Qatar, if he don't crash there, he wins that race quite easily. But that being said, we want to improve. We've seen a lot of the other teams making steps, especially Honda seems to have made a big step from the start of the season. So we need to do the same.

Do you know what you're going to be testing at Brno yet?

Nicky Hayden:
We had a brief discussion about it Sunday night in the post-race meeting after Laguna. But I don't think it's nothing major. There's a few things, just some setup options that we haven't really had time to try the last couple races. But I don't expect anything major. Find out more this week when the engineers get back to Bologna. And even for the teams, two weeks off. It's been a busy little stretch for these guys, so they can all get back to the engineers at the shop and find out where our next step's going to be.


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Nicky's sister - Unregistered

August 03, 2010 7:51 AM

Hahahaha - come back when Ben has actually won a race, or better yet a championship. Nicky is still the undisputed best US rider since Schwantz/Rainey. You fanboys make a big deal about Ben vs Mladin - well Nicky kicked Mladin's @ass when he was just a baby, didn't waste time in the second rate WSBK series, and went on to win races and a championship in MotoGP. Nobody can seriously compare Ben's limp record to Nicky's.

trev46 - Unregistered

August 04, 2010 8:23 AM

"Did Nicky not have the same opportunity to podium as well?" He did, and if he hadn't made a slight mistake in the last laps to let Ben past then he might have finished 3rd. Of course all the credit was given to Ben for pressuring Nicky into a mistake. But at Laguna where it was Ben making the mistake and Nicky finishing ahead we just hear excuses from Ben's fans and the mysterious visor problem. Spies gave it everything at Laguna and came up short. Ben's a good rider but to say he is a better rider than Nicky at this point based on a single podium at Silverstone is pure hype and conjecture. Nicky has the points on the board.

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