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MotoGP Silverstone: Hayden top Open, needs 'chunks' from Barbera

“[Barbera's] a long way away now so we're going to need to take big chunks out of him. One point a race isn't going to get it” – Nicky Hayden.
Nicky Hayden finished as the top Open class rider for the second time this season at Sunday's wet British MotoGP.

But the Aspar Honda rider was disappointed to lose out on a top ten finish, having been passed by factory riders Alvaro Bautista (Aprilia) and Maverick Vinales (Suzuki) in the closing stages.

“In the end twelfth wasn't necessarily great but I lost two spots in the last laps,” Hayden aid. “In the middle of the race I had a really good pace going. I had the tenth fastest lap for the race and thought maybe at one time I could bridge up to that next scrap.

“A top ten would have been great. But it was tough, especially when the track changed towards the end. These [Open] electronics made it really difficult because in some parts of the track they were still working good and in a few spots I had too much [electronics] and in other parts not enough.

“The team did great. We made a few changes for the race that were better. It took me a couple of laps to understand where it was better. We got some more transfer and weight on the rear and that worked. “

Silverstone was only the third time this season that the former world champion has scored points. But he only moved a single digit closer to Open class leader Hector Barbera, despite beating the Avintia Ducati rider by almost 20-seconds.

“It would have been nice if I could have stayed tenth and put a few positions between me and the other Open bikes. Barbera finished 20 seconds [behind] and only one point [difference]. Normally with 20 seconds you think it would be more.

“The gap was good, but a few riders in between would have been nice to make up some points. But he's a long way away now anyway so we're going to need to take big chunks out of him. One point a race isn't going to get it. “

Barbera is now 13 points ahead of the American, with Forward Yamaha rookie Loris Baz in-between. Six rounds remain, starting at Misano.

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September 02, 2015 1:46 AM

I think looking back Nicky should have gone to Pramac as was the plan but everyone was fooled by that Open Honda and their misleading claims of 0.3 sec. Hell, even A. Esparago said after he signed for Forward that he was having regrets (sure he realized he got the best deal a few races later in 2014) signing for Forward when Aspar was getting Hondas and no one told him about this... Had Nicky gone to Pramac he could have been on a factory bike and with most Ducati experience and GiGi's new bike who knows how that could have played for him...but yea..this is agonizing watching him racing for 14-19. Some may argue that he is a spent force but I think he is still a top 6 rider without the equipment to prove it!!!


August 31, 2015 10:51 PM

To much electronics on these bikes! When electronics have to be tuned for each corner of each track they have no trickle down real world value. Ok, maybe something is discovered worthwhile in them that can be used. But they suck in racing.

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