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Dutch MotoGP: Nicky Hayden pinning hopes on rain

“It was a frustrating day but we'll try and calm down tonight and study the data" – Nicky Hayden.
By Stephen English

Nicky Hayden was the leading Ducati rider in qualifying for the Dutch TT, but the American struggled throughout the session with a lack of grip and could only manage the tenth fastest time.

Hayden had been competitive in the wet morning session but once slicks went onto the GP13 he started to struggle.

"This morning in the wet we made a big improvement with the grip and I was very comfortable," said Hayden. "When I stopped I was fastest but we were trying to save wet tyres for qualifying in case it was raining.

“We hoped those changes would also carry over to the dry but we found the same problems as yesterday [a lack of grip] and I was unable to get comfortable and get the bike to work for me."

When asked how the bike was handling, the 2006 world champion said:

"It was moving around in changes of direction and corner entry. I was able to advance through to Q2 but once I got there I wasn't able to go fast enough for a good grid position. It was a frustrating day but we'll try and calm down tonight and study the data. The biggest problem is a lack of grip and that's our problem so I hope it rains tomorrow."

Ducati test rider and Pramac Ducati stand-in Michele Pirro qualified eleventh, with his team-mate Andrea Iannone 13th and Hayden's factory team-mate Andrea Dovizioso 15th.




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JACKBEE

June 28, 2013 8:30 PM

Dovi came into the Ducati team all guns blazing, best thing since sliced bread, and showed well at first. But Nicky has just kept his head down and done what he always does well...worked hard. Now lately Dovi is looking tired and dejected and seems to have got the dreaded Ducati disease.

shamarone

June 28, 2013 11:44 PM
Last Edited 397 days ago

re: "It was a frustrating day but we'll try and calm down tonight and study the data." data will confirm exactly what you and dovi BOTH said on Thursday. you need a new chassis direction. the ever increasing stiffness of the "lab rats" have not made any appreciable dent in the front end problems. nick you seem to have forgotten, Honda already went down this road with the SP1 which begat the frame of the SP2. I was there when you tore thru the chicane at DIS in '02. i'm the ONLY one with a pic of the wreckage from that day. once again, I contend the solution lies in exactly what I've been saying for 2 years now. stick with what you know and CONSTRUCT A FULL TRELLIS. watch a tape of checa MARAUDING on the old, heavy, restricted, dog of a steel framed 1198 at imola last year and tell me i'm wrong...? at this point, you HAVE to build it if for no other reason than to write the idea off. ps: when it works, I expect a job offer, ya hear. :)



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