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Hayden looking forward to 2012

"I think the new 1000cc rules are going to be a lot better for the riders and the fans" - Nicky Hayden.
Nicky Hayden, the last MotoGP champion of the 990cc era, is looking forward to the 1000cc engine rules that come into force for 2012.

MotoGP switched to 800cc motorcycles in 2007 and the reduction in torque - combined with electronic developments - has killed off the kind of tyre-smoking rear-wheel slides admired by fans and riders alike.

"I'm excited. I'm looking forward to it a lot. I think everybody is," said factory Ducati rider Hayden of next season's bikes.

"I think the new rules are going to be a lot better for the riders and the fans. I think it's going to be a lot better show.

"It might not be quite back to the old days - say seven, eight years ago - when the electronics weren't so developed as far as making the bike look loose.

"Now [the 800cc bikes] look more tame. From a distance and watching on TV, it looks easy," admitted Hayden. "But a lot of things look easy from the couch watching on TV.

"With these [800cc] bikes, if you truly want to be going real fast, you need to be riding them in-line, hooked up and really flowing.

"But in the future, hopefully with the new bikes, [sliding] comes back into play because that's a card I feel like, with my background as a dirt-tracker, I have a good feel for a bike moving around."

Hayden has already tested an early version of the 2012 Ducati, although the factory opted to avoid a head-to-head test with the 1000cc Hondas and Yamahas at Brno recently.

"We haven't been on the same track at the same time with our competitors, so we don't know exactly where we stand, but we've gotten a good start," said Hayden. "The bike's got some good stuff about it. I'm looking forward to next year a lot."


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Jon

August 25, 2011 5:19 PM

Does anybody really think the 1000cc limit will change anything? 800's have upwards of 215bhp- 500 2 strokes had, what, 180bhp? Moto2 has just 130bhp and that produces the best racing! It's not the engine size or power, it's the tyres and the electronics. Give the 800's a set of Supercorsa's, unlimited fuel, and turn off the TC, then you'll plenty of sliding bikes and smoking tyres... Can't help thinking 2012 will be more of the same.

RobG

August 25, 2011 6:47 PM

I guess Stoner must've been using a 1000 cc engine all the time, as he seems to be able to slide his bikes at will. And thats been regardless of whether he is on a Ducati or Honda.



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