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Nicky Hayden – Q&A

Well, I would say even in years past Ducati has been pretty close with the satellite team and the engineers are the same. This year all four bikes are full factory bikes and full factory efforts. We need that. So, to make the progress the more data and feedback the more different styles it is going to be important and useful for the engineers it is going to be important.

I mean it is important to group that data all together and with less testing we have now more riders that we have now hopefully with more riders. I know me and Dovi do and I know Ben had a few different comments. Andrea is also very unique for them as he really knows nothing about MotoGP. Everything he says should be really raw and unique, and I think Dovi and Ben have really great experience coming from Yamaha. And even before that, Dovi did a couple of seasons at Honda.

Then me I had reference at Ducati, and my data can be carried over from years past. And they have a great group and a good line-up of some different riders and coming in with some different background. So we can cover all areas.

We know that we have a lot of work to do, but everybody is up to the challenge. I certainly believe in Ducati and our sponsors, and I know it isn't going to be easy at the beginning of the season. Especially with the gap to the front is too big, and time right now isn't on our side, which is unfortunate. But there is a lot of good stuff in the pipeline, and I hope we can make progress quick and have a successful season.

Nicky to you without throwing him under the bus, what do you feel is the current failing of the 2013 bike? I am going to assume it is the front-end feel?

Nicky Hayden:
That is something that we have been fighting for a couple of years now so we need to solve that before we can look at the other stuff. I mean we have a couple of different little issues. The front-end feel, front-end turning it is more or less I would say goes under the same category, and I would say goes under the same issues.

So you guys got handed new Bridgestones in Sepang and probably were given a plethora to choose from. Did you find anything new there or is it still the same working through the issues?

Nicky Hayden:
The Bridgestone tyre at the moment hasn't really changed a lot for next year. There is some stuff in the harder solution, but it wasn't really the right compound for Malaysia and those conditions.

But we hope this year we will be able to use the harder compound more. But last year there were very few occasions at tracks where we used the harder compound and this year hopefully they have worked to make it a little bit closer. To make it where they will work a little bit better.

Bridgestone we know makes great tyres and for some ways we know that is one thing that we don't have to worry about and spend too much time developing the tyres. We know they will bring us good tyres and we have to make the bike work around them.


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mike - Unregistered

March 16, 2013 11:53 PM

That was horribly written, please Crash - couldn't you have translated it into proper English?!!! Some interesting points made by NH though (amongst the gibberish !).

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