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Hayden: It's been a hard season

After a punishing start to his Ducati career, double US Grand Prix winner Nicky Hayden isn't expecting any miracles for his home event.

The 2006 world champion arrives at round eight just 13th in the championship standings, although that still makes him the next best Desmosedici rider after team-mate and title contender Casey Stoner.

“I can't say I've been having the time of my life!” he smiled. “That's pretty obvious. But sometimes that's how it goes. I don't want to say too much you know. It has been a hard season, but still this is a great life. I have a good team and a lot of people supporting me.

“Just because I'm coming home, doesn't mean that we are going to be able to perform a miracle, but I really have slowly made a little bit of progress in the last couple of weeks.

“I'm trying to be positive and looking forward to the weekend. The Ducati comes off the corners really good and does a few things well that you need around Laguna. A few places it could be a little bit more difficult! But I'm here, I'm healthy and we'll just go for it and see what we can do. Try to do something.”

After a DNF in Japan, Hayden's race results have at least been heading in the right direction, having finished 15th, 12th, 12th, 10th and 8th in the five races since.



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disco

July 03, 2009 2:43 PM

Wow, just when you thought everyone knew what they were talking about you read posts like this. Unless your initials are CS the Desmo is un-rideable. Plain and simple, NO one has gotten to grips with the bike. Now Nicky Hayden sucks? LOL, yes he had a lucky championship in '06, but it doesnt mean he is a sh*t rider. You dont make it MotoGP if you are a bad rider, let alone win races, and score podiums. Lets be serious. Look at Marco, he is on an undeveloped bike and he is doing better this year then last. The Desmo is a curse unless your are an Aussie! As for Shakey, he is dead weight in MotoGP, he is barely a blip in WSBK, and I am willing to bet the 1098 is easier to ride.

Get off the pot - Unregistered

July 03, 2009 8:16 PM

He may be a nice guy have the work ethic of a third world kid in a sweatshop and the smarts of a mule but whatever bike you put Hayden on he will forever be a mobile chicane. He is not a fighter on track that much is true and will only finish in the position he has been dropped to or lucked into through other riders misfortunenot by fighting tooth and nail. Amnesty International should be called in to Motogp to get Nicky out as he gets tortured week in week out in that field and its a violating my human rights having to watch him



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