Nicky Hayden has explained that there was no single 'eureka' moment that transformed his performances on the Ducati, but a combination of many human and technical factors.
Hayden finished the first three rounds of last season with just five points to his credit, but will start Ducati's home race at Mugello this weekend with 39 points to his name after a trio of fourth places, which have put him sixth in the championship.
And with team-mate Casey Stoner crashing out of two events, and finishing fifth in the other, Hayden has also been the top Desmosedici rider at all three rounds.
So what happened?
“I don't speak for [Casey] but I like the new bike,” said Hayden at Mugello on Thursday. “Everybody asks me 'what's different this year?' and they get mad when I say 'well, it's a lot of things', because people on the outside just want to hear one miraculous thing that [makes] you go from the back to the front.
“It's not that easy, you know. It's the complete package: The engine, the chassis, the team. Me and Juan [crew chief] are working very well together, Vito [team manager] at every race is a big help. Everybody over there [at Ducati] is just so much behind me. So it's up to me to turn in some results.”
Hayden finished twelfth during his first home race for Ducati at Mugello last year.