MotoGP: Hayden conquers Ducati fears

Buts says the Bologna bullet is sensitive to even minute set-up changes

Posted: 30 March 2009
by Visordown News

AMERICAN BOYNicky Hayden has conquered his worst fears, that his move to Ducati would follow the same disastrous path of his immediate predecessor their Marco Melandri. But he is finding the Italian V4 very different from his previous Honda.

“I was somewhat nervous that it would be a complete disaster, but at least for me that’s not the case,” he said. But he was finding the machine very sensitive to settings and less predictable than the Honda.

“The bike always feels different. Just one click of setting changes and it could be a different bike. Another thing is that the carburetion adjusts itself constantly, so one lap doesn’t feel exactly the same as another. It’s taking time to get used to it.”

Team-mate Stoner agreed with his analysis, up to a point. The Australian frequently said last year, commenting on Melandri’s problems: “You have to get the settings right, then the bike is fine. It’s not a one-rider bike.”

At Jerez, he expanded on the point. “You can push the Ducati very hard, but if the settings are not right, it can be a disaster … really difficult. Like yesterday, we were a little off, but working through we found a better direction and it made a big difference. Sometimes it is extremely sensitive … one click can make a big difference. Other times it’s not like that. This year’s bike is a little bit better in that way.”


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