On Friday at Silverstone Nicky Hayden
wanted to clarify comments he had made to the media the previous evening, about an encouraging test session with the 'carbon front frame' on a 1000cc Ducati at Jerez in 2011.
Hayden's words on the test, in full, can be found here.
The 2006 world champion explained that the 'carbon front frame' actually meant a 'halfway' frame, between the full carbon fibre chassis and current twin spar aluminium design.
“I want to clear up yesterday, there was a misunderstanding when I was talking about the front frame,” said Hayden. “That was an aluminium front frame that I'd liked at Jerez.
“But I've never asked, now, to try that again. That was two years ago. And at that point I would have liked maybe to have worked a bit more with it. That is way down the road, there would be no point bringing that bike out now. At the time I wish I could have rode it more and the plan was to ride it more at Valencia after the race, but I broke my wrist in the race so I didn't get to try it.”
Questioned about the lap time he had given, a 1m 38.1 - which would have been pole record pace - Hayden replied: “It was a quick...” before team manager Vittoriano Guareschi stepped in to state it had actually been a 1m 39.1s.
“Ok yeah,” continued Hayden, who set a 1m 39.654, as the top Ducati rider, in qualifying for this year's Spanish GP. “But regardless, at the time it was a good lap and was something positive. From there we developed the full aluminium frame, at that time it was kinda the half frame.”
Although he would have liked to try the carbon-aluminium frame again, Hayden added that the single tyre rule makes the full aluminium the right choice.
“Our competitors aren't having a problem with the aluminium frame and with everybody using the same tyres I think we can't be off running a completely different chassis, if we are using tyres built around aluminium frames. Maybe if there was not spec tyres then we could afford to venture out and do something.”
Asked what had been the biggest step for him personally while at Ducati, Hayden replied: