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Hayden suggests stiffness behind wet form

"Our theory was that the stiffness actually helps to heat the tyre" - Nicky Hayden.
By Stephen English

Ducati team-mates Valentino Rossi and Nicky Hayden were ranked second and fifth during Friday afternoon's wet practice session for the Spanish MotoGP at Jerez.

Although presently struggling to match the factory Hondas and Yamahas in the dry, the 2012 Desmosedici thus seems to have inherited the strong wet weather characteristics of its carbon-fibre predecessor.

That is despite the change to a new all-aluminum frame, plus the bigger 1000cc engine for 2012.

Over the winter the Bologna factory spent a lot of time analysing why their 2011 bike was much more competitive in the wet.

Speaking at Jerez on Friday Hayden gave an illuminating response as to why this may be.

“We tried to understand why in real rain we had a bike that was fast,” said Hayden. “We used to think with the carbon chassis that in the dry we were too stiff and our theory was that the stiffness actually helps to heat the tyre more, because in the rain you don't always want something real soft.

“Even with suspension you think you need to soften it up, but when you do that the wet tyres don't push into the ground and they don't push through the puddles and you don't generate the heat and work the tyres.”

With more rain forecast for the remainder of the Jerez weekend it is likely that Ducati will get a further opportunity to put their theory to the test.



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1motion

April 27, 2012 8:11 PM

@CML-VR46 it sounds like simple physics but as you have never been on or around the ducati and you are just regurgitating the same crap that has been going around for over a year from people who also have no real idea what is going on... everyone just repeats the same crap over and over again or whatever they just read in an article... its funny how you can guess what someone has read by the phrases and terms they use lol... that is why people are disagreeing with you... i am disagreeing with you because you are complainging about people disagreeing with you... dont feed the trolls by whining it just makes you sound like a kid throwing a fit... get over it



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