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Nicky Hayden’s MotoGP team-mates - who impressed most?

“I could write a book on my team-mates” - Nicky Hayden.
Nicky Hayden rode alongside eight different team-mates during his 13 seasons in MotoGP, which came to an end at last month's Valencia season finale.

So which of them impressed the 2006 world champion the most?

“I could write a book on my team-mates because there have been a lot of different personalities over the years and I've learned a lot from each one,” Hayden said.

“For sure, Casey for outright speed was incredible. His ability to find the limit on a wet or dirty track is something I'd never seen before. And you know Dani, the way that he gets the bike off the corners is incredible.

“But I think the person who impressed me the most has to be Valentino. Because I was his team-mate twice and the Ducati days when it was really low - for him to come back from that is extremely impressive.

“And at 36, to have as much success and money - he has everything. But to still have that same passion and fire is something that I found motivating. I think that's been more impressive than anything on track.”

Hayden is moving to WSBK in 2016, riding for the Ten Kate Honda team.

Nicky Hayden's MotoGP team-mates:
2015 - Eugene Laverty (Aspar Honda)
2014 - Hiroshi Aoyama (Aspar Honda)
2013 - Andrea Dovizioso (Ducati Team)
2012 - Valentino Rossi (Ducati Team)
2011 - Valentino Rossi (Ducati Team)
2010 - Casey Stoner (Ducati Team)
2009 - Casey Stoner (Ducati Team)
2008 - Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda)
2007 - Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda)
2006 - Dani Pedrosa (Repsol Honda)
2005 - Max Biaggi (Repsol Honda)
2004 - Alex Barros (Repsol Honda)
2003 - Valentino Rossi (Repsol Honda)


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ducfer

December 10, 2015 7:08 PM
Last Edited 26 days ago

Gee...again nonsense comparisons...this sport evolvs year after year,one year's bike is obsolete by next year first race.No doubt,Stoner mastered the Duc like no one else,enough to look at his teammates that period.Saying Rossi should have won because Stoner has won the year before is nonsense.In fact at the beggining of 2010 at some point Hayden stood above Stoner in standings.Stoner was able to gain field and win races in the second half of the year.Looking at times Ducati has improved with Rossi but not enough compared with the other two manufactures which by then had two extra formidable weapons:CS and JL.Pressure to perform added to the pain and the rest is known,two years to forget,gee...but not here! Almost forgot...took Ducati 2.5 years and an open minded engineer to build a symmetrical frame,the 14.2 Need to say more?



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