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Interview with Nicky Hayden

Just wanted to ask you now that you are signed with Ducati next year if you might be able to give an idea of what teams or series you were considering or had been talking to you while you were negotiating?

Nicky Hayden:
Well, my main objective was always to stay in MotoGP. It is the pinnacle of our sport, and that is where I wanted to be and hang in there and hopefully get back to the front. So, of course, I wasn't ready and I didn't know how negotiations were going to go and did have a bit of interest from some other series. But it was nothing that excited me. It was something that I would consider if it got down to it, but I was going to ride something and I wasn't just going to come home and ride the couch just yet. I wanted to do everything possible to stay in MotoGP and it had to get worked out.

Q:
The Ducati's have a tough time this year; there is no secret to that, but do you have hopes that perhaps this season or going into next year they will find a combination that works and give you a chance to win again? If that is the case, what kind of changes do you think they need to make to give you a competitive motorcycle?

Nicky Hayden:
Of course I believe that, or I certainly wouldn't have agreed to come back for another year. I believe we have the pieces and the resources and certainly this year we just haven't made it happen. I see a lot of effort going in, but Laguna wasn't a great weekend for us. We struggled a lot going in, and before that we came from Mugello, where I would say me and Valentino, I would say we as a team had out best dry race that we have had in two years. So that was really encouraging. Every now and then, we catch a little hope and see a little light, and we think now things are going in that direction.

Right now, there isn't a lot that we can do, but after summer break we have a test in Misano after the Czech Republic race, and there we are going to try a few things. And we have some difference chassis parts coming in later in the season, and I certainly believe in this team and believe in this bike. And I think they have done it before, and there is no reason why they can't do it again. We have been off a bit, but if everything comes right, certainly there is no reason why Ducati can't be completely competitive in MotoGP or in any series.

Q:
1000cc Ducati bike at Indy, how fast is that thing going to go? Top speed?

Nicky Hayden:
Top speed, I can't quite put a number on it, but it is definitely going to be faster than the 800 there. Especially off of last corner out of Turn 4 (of oval, Turn 16 of road course), slower corner is where these bikes accelerate a lot more than the 800s. At Laguna, the fans there, I would say they didn't really see a big difference because the turns there are so tight and so slow to where we are in second gear at half-throttle. But here on the front straight we will be able to open them up. I don't think we will be able to see Mugello speeds. Mugello was pretty high, even Mugello wasn't as high on Dorna's radar as on the data. The way the beam and everything is set, they don't always get the outright speed so our data is even a little faster than Mugello. So, I am sure, Indy we are going to be pretty quick down the front straightaway, well over 200.

Q:
Any news on any possible siblings of yours racing MotoGP at Indy?

Nicky Hayden:
Yes, there was some talk. Especially, me and Vito (Guareschi) had talked at Laguna about Rog (Roger Lee Hayden) riding (Hector) Barbera's bike because he didn't have a contact with the manufacturer. I know there was some discussion, and there has still been a bit of discussion, to be honest, about Indy, but I don't think any answer had been made. But there has definitely been some talk.

Q:
Enjoying the break?

Nicky Hayden:
Yeah, it's all right. It has been nice. It hasn't exactly been like a vacation, but sure, being at home around my family has been nice. But Indy is probably the race that I look forward to the most. So I will be excited to ease on over to Indy on Wednesday to start the week.

Q:
Have you had any more talk with the role in Audi may have to speed the bike up, to make it more competitive? Have you heard any more talk with people at Audi or at Ducati about what their role is going to be or how they may help develop the bike?

Nicky Hayden:
No not completely, I spoke with Filippo (Preziosi) on Tuesday. So you know that is not going to happen overnight. That is going to take some time to bring in those resources, but definitely that is something that will happen. I just don't know how quick, and I don't have a real answer for you there.

Q:
Are you more optimistic now that you know that Audi is back in?

Nicky Hayden:



Tagged as: Misano , Ducati , Nicky Hayden , Mugello

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Dannyboy - Unregistered

August 11, 2012 10:34 PM

Hayden has always been the same way, doesn't matter if it's contract time or not. Don't matter if he is at the top of the list of wanted riders or at the bottom. He is a professonal and a genuinly nice guy.

Brian C. - Unregistered

August 12, 2012 12:19 PM

Those who bash on Hayden or think he isn't a winner are people who don't race, don't understand racing and have no clue what goes in GP. This is an AMA winner at a very young 20 years old (younger than Ben I believe) and has won a GP title as the #2 rider with the factory support behind their golden children (ala: Pedrobot). He has won despite the odds. He is indeed the HARDEST working guy in GP (those who argue otherwise are myopic). Best rider ever? Of course not. But on equal machinery he can run easily at the front with the "Aliens". Pedrobot has lots of wins, no title. Dovi sat on the factory team with how many wins? Not many and ZERO titles. Say what you want, Hayden is a winner and that's all that matters.



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