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Hayden pleased with Ducati support

"Ducati came up with some stuff I asked for. They're definitely listening to me" - Nicky Hayden.
Nicky Hayden insists he's still getting his voice heard at Ducati, despite the arrival of seven time MotoGP champion and Italian national hero Valentino Rossi.

“Ducati came up with some stuff I asked for. They're definitely listening to me,” he said at last week's Sepang test.

“I've got no complaints there and I'm confident they trust in me. Valentino rode more my bike than Casey's and preferred it. Also a couple of things I've requested seem like a good direction.”

Hayden, also team-mate to Rossi during his 2003 debut season at Repsol Honda, finished the test as the top Ducati rider in eighth place.

Rossi was tenth, but pleasantly surprised by the strength in his healing shoulder.

“Rossi's no doubt going to win races and be very strong,” declared Hayden.



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hoppy

February 07, 2011 2:27 PM

I know a lot of people on this site love to give Nicky a hard time,but i really like the guy.And lets face it,he has done a damn site better on the Ducati than some other riders who have tried and failed miserably.Nicky keeps trying and is still ahead of his team mate at the moment.Will be interesting to see how they get on together as the season progresses.Hope Nicky does well.

kirk66

February 07, 2011 1:58 PM

Nick's probably the best teammate in the world. He always wants to help. He never throws the team under the bus and he is willing to turn more laps for testing that most riders on the grid. You can scoff all you want but in the grand scheme there are few riders that are willing to go through life being a #2 rider and be happy for it. Will he win another championship. I hope so during the 1000cc years, but it doesn't really matter if he does or not. He's one of the most liked riders on the grid and GP will keep him there until he can't place in the top 15.



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