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  • Nicky Hayden On Cal Crutchlow: The Right Attitude, But His Style Is Not Like Stoner's   3 years 4 weeks ago

    Yes, its a conspiracy theory, and as the only theorist of said theory, I reserve my right to theorise, my defence dear sir is the lack of accountability offered to my status as an anonymous blogger... I'm not an illiterate troll, but rather the postulator of the prosperous...

    My postulation has a simple foundation in logic;

    Nicky thinking "my ride options are drying up, I'm doing my best and I never get the real good gear, to hell with it, I'm going to tell'em how it is"... "Right, that young quick tough as teak English dude... um maybe not??".... "Okay, well Vale is having tough time with the Stoner comparisons, he's starting to whinge a lot, yeah I'm going for it!" and because Nicky's so darn nice, the above is as nasty as he gets...

    I wonder how Nicky would've gone in his career with a Puig or Burgess whipping the factory boys on his behalf.. One thinks he would've won more titles...

    In a 3 horse 2 seat race, why would he talk history when his immediate future is on the line?

    David, please don't be offended, I've just got back from a fabulous little Italian restaurant in Kirribillli... Had a lovely bottle wine with my elegant beautiful long suffering wife, all I did was talk MotoGP referencing your wonderfull website.. but the wine was good too... hence my verbosity!

  • Nicky Hayden On Cal Crutchlow: The Right Attitude, But His Style Is Not Like Stoner's   3 years 4 weeks ago

    Stoner was winning races and sitting on pole with the same machine. So I just don't get where all the sympathy for Hayden comes from -- the readiness to blame the bike. Also, I don't recall people cutting Melandri the same slack, although he's won more MotoGP races than Hayden -- almost 2x as many, in fact -- and is not that far behind in podiums.

  • Nicky Hayden On Cal Crutchlow: The Right Attitude, But His Style Is Not Like Stoner's   3 years 4 weeks ago

    I would not expect Tech 3 to be interested in Hayden. It just does not seem their style -- meaning to go after a former factory rider. They are more of an outfit that takes promising younger riders and grooms them for a later factory ride.

    For the record, Hayden is a very likeable guy, and I would be sorry to see him leave MotoGP. You really never hear him badmouth the bike and/or his employer (i.e. their efforts -- or lack thereof -- to improve the bike), unlike Rossi. For that reason, if Crutchlow accepts, I'd actually prefer to see Ducati retain Hayden and let Rossi move elsewhere.

    But as I've also said before, no one could blame Ducati management for deciding that four years of mediocrity from Hayden is enough. And Ducati definitely does not want to be left with Hayden as their lead rider.

  • Nicky Hayden On Cal Crutchlow: The Right Attitude, But His Style Is Not Like Stoner's   3 years 4 weeks ago

    ...regarding a factory ride as the only chance he has of having a shot at being World Champion.

    Not only that, it pays significantly more. What's the expected multiplier? I would expect an absolute minimum of 2x, and 4x would be more like it. I'd be interested to hear info about that...

  • Nicky Hayden On Cal Crutchlow: The Right Attitude, But His Style Is Not Like Stoner's   3 years 4 weeks ago

    Dani is just about ready to retire. After all the injuries he even said so himself during an interview when he was asked about challenging for a Championship Title in 2012 and beyond. He knows he's on his way out after years of NOT being a real championship contender. Finishing 2nd place... is the 1st loser. Honda and Repsol needs a real championship hopeful to replace Stoner for 2013. Dani isn't it... hence the need for Marc next season. Dani is still in contract negotiations isn't he? Where else could he go if Honda doesn't give him a Factory ride? LCR? Gresini? A CRT-Honda to finish his career? Honda's only 2013 title hope would be Rossi... then Ducati can keep Hayden for another couple years.

  • Nicky Hayden On Cal Crutchlow: The Right Attitude, But His Style Is Not Like Stoner's   3 years 4 weeks ago

    makes a lot of sense to me. If Audi wanted him and MGP they have a lot of carrots to dangle - money, engineering knowledge/resources for everything from Lambo to Porsche to (?) any F1 designer you might wish to name, plus an exit route to sports cars/Le Mans. Marketing heaven, surely? Also, Audi do narrow V engines....Ducati 'are' L twins - the MGP bike is not an L twin. If they could turn the MGP bike into a winner the kudos would be huge. Buyers of road bikes/racing bikes are smart enough to know that what wins MGP is not necessarily the best bike for them - WSB does that for them. Desmosedici is haute couture - some lucky people can aford that. Audi do bespoke too ad can afford it - Bugatti proves it.Not an easy choice - oh to be wanted!
    Perhaps Vale wants Crutchlow to do the crashing for him? (cynical, I know, but he's a class rider and will push it fearlessly....).
    And what becomes of Burgess - isn't he a big factor here? Is he going to stay until VR leaves? Is he going to help Casey tune the tractors?
    But Rossi has repeatedly said he wants 2 more years in MGP. Another year (minimum) developing the totally new Ducati(could anything else be an option)? Can Honda cure the chatter/get the tyres they want?
    Yamaha looks a better option and with Lorenzo on 2 MGP world titles and VR on humble pie (albeit very small portions) it may just be easier than before.
    Satellites - too disruptive to existing teams, not trick enough (?), Honda satellites seem to be 'kept in their place',Tech 3 a possibility though if he could get the assurances (keeping Bradley away for another year or so may be an indicator..). Cal's there too.
    Only two certainties - he still wants to win (and can - that Le Mans ride looked sublime to me)and he will not give Preziosi any more time to get his act together because he cannot afford the time himself.

  • 2012 Aragon WSBK Tire Test Press Releases: 17-inch Tires And Wheels Just As Fast as 16.5-inch Wheels They Will Replace   3 years 4 weeks ago

    I suspect that part of the reason that Superbikes will not be allowed 16,5-inch and magnesium wheels anymore is to make sure they will be slower than MotoGP, so I guess no 17-inch wheels in MotoGP any time soon. That said, it seems for now that the Superbikes are not slowed down by the 17-ich size, at least not at Aragon.

  • Honda World Superbike Video: Classic Corners, Episode 1: Turn 12, Phillip Island   3 years 4 weeks ago

    Great stuff. JR put a sneak preview of that on his twitter feed.

  • 2012 Assen MotoGP Saturday Round Up: Of Title Races, Lorenzo's Engines And Bridgestone Tires   3 years 4 weeks ago

    As the Germans say -

    UHU klebt alles!

  • Nicky Hayden On Cal Crutchlow: The Right Attitude, But His Style Is Not Like Stoner's   3 years 4 weeks ago

    Hayden wasn't referring to anyone other than himself. He knows how tough it is, and can remember all too well the number of times he crashed in 2010. Too think that Hayden was referring to Rossi here is taking a conspiracy theory too far.

  • Nicky Hayden On Cal Crutchlow: The Right Attitude, But His Style Is Not Like Stoner's   3 years 4 weeks ago

    I'm not sure if it's hate, maybe realism from fans that have watched him over the years and how much opportunity he's had so far.

    Compared to the aliens Pedrosa is 2nd tier, he'll never challenge for the title. Honda knows it, Repsol knows it, Yamaha knows it and Pedrosa knows it.

    Then the only question is does Honda want a non-championship challenger and a rookie in their factory line-up? They are so heavily invested in Motogp that i highly doubt they would.

    Surely they can't expect Marquez to step up in his first year and challenge for the title.

    What's really on their Christmas list is an alien and a rookie?

    Can Honda and Vale kiss and make up? Hopefully.

    With Honda, Vale will go out of MotoGp with a bang. With Ducati Vale will go out of MotoGP with a whimper...

  • Nicky Hayden On Cal Crutchlow: The Right Attitude, But His Style Is Not Like Stoner's   3 years 4 weeks ago

    I truly hope next year is Danni's year, even though I'll be barracking for Lorenzo, it'll be sad to see such a fabulous rider finish without a title.

    If he doesnt win it next year, the factories will move him on, and then he never will. If that happens he will be by far the best rider to have never won the championship. Alien for all these years and the other 3 got the gold.

  • Nicky Hayden On Cal Crutchlow: The Right Attitude, But His Style Is Not Like Stoner's   3 years 4 weeks ago

    ducati lost casey when they offered lorenzo twice as much money to ride for them after casey was ill for a couple of race

  • MotoGP Rule Changes As Expected: Rookie Rule, Single-Bike Scrapped, But Restrictions On Factory Bikes Introduced   3 years 4 weeks ago

    Indeed, and I know that. Just curious about where the FIM seals are on the engine then and therefore what can be routinely changed. If they're allowing but now limiting gearbox gears, that suggests the clutch, gearbox can all be removed and changed. But primary gears? One half of the primary is on the crankshaft isn't it?

  • 2012 Assen MotoGP Race Result: Comfortable Victory After Close Duel   3 years 4 weeks ago

    Arguably, Crutchlow would have beaten Spies and Dovi, based on his race pace, but for events outside his control. In terms of the summary, Dovi's been there and done it anyway, just like we don't get excited about Cal finishing in the top five now. So yes when Cal gets his first podium it will be a big deal but this was more a continuation of Spies under performing (correction- tyre break up like Rossi's). Regardless, if I was David think 'poor performance' would wind me up after 3 days with little sleep and lots of expense.

  • New World Superbikes rules for 2013: Lights, Cameras, Action!   3 years 4 weeks ago

    Seems to be a good move that will help sell more bikes for manufacturers. "My bike is just like that racer dude" :D

  • 2012 Aragon World Supersport Race - Confusion At The Flag   3 years 4 weeks ago

    Wow!

    Completely, utterly, unacceptable. (You've got to wonder if the guy is on drugs?)

    How the *bleep* was he not black-flagged immediately???

  • 2012 Assen MotoGP Saturday Round Up: Of Title Races, Lorenzo's Engines And Bridgestone Tires   3 years 4 weeks ago

    There's no point in blaming bautista for lorenzo losing an engine. bikes are always going to crash, whether others help with this or not is besides the point. Yamaha need to accept responsibility for their almost new engine grenading while it was on its side and engineer a solution to avoid this.

  • Nicky Hayden On Cal Crutchlow: The Right Attitude, But His Style Is Not Like Stoner's   3 years 4 weeks ago

    I don't get all the Pedrosa hate. I mean, jeez, it's been six years since he knocked Nicky off, and I don't even think Nicky holds a grudge for that long.

    When I stepped off the plane in Barcelona last year, the first billboard I saw in the airport was a) huge and b) a picture of Pedrosa knee-down on a Repsol Honda. I think that the guy's got the seat there for however long Repsol stays a sponsor.

    And say what you want, he's one of the few people who have beaten Stoner, Lorenzo and Rossi in a straight fight.

  • Nicky Hayden On Cal Crutchlow: The Right Attitude, But His Style Is Not Like Stoner's   3 years 4 weeks ago

    Tech 3, I think he'd give most of the factory riders more stick than they'd care to feel....

    Be funny if Cal and Vale both finished behind Nicky on the Satellite Yamaha... I would giggle...

  • Nicky Hayden On Cal Crutchlow: The Right Attitude, But His Style Is Not Like Stoner's   3 years 4 weeks ago

    They had Hayden testing new parts even during the second half of 2006 when he had the points to become champion.

  • Nicky Hayden On Cal Crutchlow: The Right Attitude, But His Style Is Not Like Stoner's   3 years 4 weeks ago

    Two seats at Ducati, one already offered to Cal, and a competing incumbent that has not had the success we've all come to expect?

    I think that Nicky has implied "I'm putting in more than Vale, why am I getting the boot?", but Nicky, being about the nicest guy in the paddock, would never dump all over his team mate....

    What could be worse for poor old Vale than if Cal arrives and then suddenly the duke is back at the front? I think we'd hear Vale's screams of frustration from down here in Oz....

  • Nicky Hayden On Cal Crutchlow: The Right Attitude, But His Style Is Not Like Stoner's   3 years 4 weeks ago

    And that's the problem with that one fast lap: you can't keep a miracle going for 26 straight laps unless you're stoner, and even then you win it or bin it half of the time with the front folding.

    And if the rider can manage to absolutely wring the neck out of the ducati, the tires aren't going to hold up and he'll still be screwed. Nicky's best efforts not withstanding, the ducatis are the bottom of the heap in front of the CRT's. They are not changing the bike, they are not trying everything under the sun like Honda does to get things to work (as I believe DavidEmmett has said multiple times here).

    Until Ducati let's go of the L and whoever it is that keeps trying to make the chicken quack, it's just going to be a death sentence for riders like was said above. So yeah, perversely, I do hope that Nicky gets the boot and then he can find himself on a bike automatically better than the Ducati, and then kick their ***es next season.

    And it will be Karma long-coming for Pedrosa to be shown the door, with a "Thanks for all the third places, but we need a winner" at Honda. Good luck to Pedro finding a sponsor that will put up with his Puig-baggage.

  • Nicky Hayden On Cal Crutchlow: The Right Attitude, But His Style Is Not Like Stoner's   3 years 4 weeks ago

    Hey David,

    Whom did Cal wish to set the record straight about?

    Cal Crutchlow ‏@calcrutchlow
    @motomatters we need to talk ! Meet me at hospitality at 7pm ! You need to correct a few people …

    Cal with Stoner's crew would be fun to watch in 2013.

  • Nicky Hayden On Cal Crutchlow: The Right Attitude, But His Style Is Not Like Stoner's   3 years 4 weeks ago

    Nicely put. From his rookie yr till date, NH69 is still my fav underdog. Hope to see him in person! Pray he'll be at D Store this yr for the Laguna Seca promotional event!

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