Bastard did it again
April 1, 2010 at 9:25 pm #25350Jeff in KentuckyParticipant
My favorite rider is Nicky Hayden, even though Rossi is probably more skilled- I have to root for the guy from Owensboro, Kentucky. Here is a little bit of an article about him:
by Dennis Noyes | Posted March 25, 2010
Hayden Looking Stronger
Former World Champion Nicky Hayden (in 2006) had a rough time of it last year, struggling early in the year to get anywhere near the pace in his first year on the difficult (unless you are Stoner) Ducati, but a third place at Indianapolis sparked steady improvement over the final third of the season.
His situation is precarious. Ducati were offering big money to Jorge Lorenzo while Stoner was back home in Oz during his three-race recovery and that clearly meant there would have been no place for the Kentuckian in 2010. And even after Lorenzo turned Ducati down, then team director Livio Suppo (now at Honda and, perhaps, entrusted to bring Stoner to Honda in 2011) made a similar offer to Hayden’s former teammate, Dani Pedrosa.
When Pedrosa opted to sign on for one more year with Honda, Hayden, Ducati’s third option, got another year on the Ducati.
Hayden, like most if not all MotoGP regulars, is hoping that 1000cc bikes will replace the finicky and tech-heavy (electronics) 800cc bikes a year early in 2011, but the job at hand is to do enough to either stay with Ducati or find another MotoGP ride at the end of the year, otherwise World Superbike beckons.
It would be cruel luck if Hayden were not around the MotoGP scene when 1000cc bikes replace the 800s because the former dirt tracker is much more suited, by his aggressive nature and rear-wheel-steering style, to riding the bigger, more powerful bikes that can be over-ridden.
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