Repsol Honda man keen to continue form as the MotoGP series moves to Malaysia
Hayden scored his second podium of the year with a rousing ride to third place in the Australian Grand Prix on October 5, while Pedrosa took a hard-fought third in last month’s Japanese Grand Prix. Hayden has hit a rich vein of form recently, his Phillip Island podium following a brave ride to second place at the hurricane-hit Indianapolis GP. Hayden said:
“The last few races have been a lot of fun and made me pretty happy. We need more, but it’s nice to be competitive. I owe a big thanks to everyone involved – Honda, Michelin and all the guys from Yamano [Repsol Honda team manager] all the way through, because it would have been real easy to fold up on me, but the easy way is just not our style. Just need to keep it rolling! No one can say they say they don’t know Sepang, it seems like we spend half the year there. Last year we did three tests and a race there, so the nearby airport hotel is like your second home. We spend about four weeks a year there, so you walk in and it’s scary because the people know you! Sepang is a great track. I like it, our bike has been running good, and you need a bike that’s running fast there. The track has got a little bit of everything: some hard braking, some pretty quick corners like turns five and six. I think that’s why we test there so much, you can’t fake it there because both the bike and the rider have got to be able to do everything pretty good.”
Posted: 11/10/2008 at 09:49
i like the old boy
i like him evem more when he beats Pedrosa
Posted: 11/10/2008 at 09:59
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Posted: 12/10/2008 at 08:24
IMO: It's not a common trait to say the least but Nicky just appears to be a genuine and honest man. I can't say that he's been anything other than fair in his comments whatever the situation. He didn't throw a huge wobbly when Danni brought him down in his championship year. As I recall he just suggested that now they had to get on with the winning the title and I couldn't help but imagine how different the reaction would have been if it had been Valentino in the same position.
I don't believe that Nicky has the ultimate style to challenge Valentino but I think his style may well suit the Ducati and as Casey has shown when rider and Ducati are suited it's a pretty formidable package. Hopefully we'll see more close quarter racing at the sharp end next year and even more hopefully a certain Mr Toseland will not be far away from joining in the fun.
Posted: 13/10/2008 at 23:48
Honda was always about Pedrosa, even when Hayden won the title. Yet the man carried on in a very dignified manner.
If he was to have a dig I reckon he would be fully entitled too, just can't see it.
Agree with above posy Nicky and JT going for it and mixing it with Rossi would make very good viewing!!
Posted: 13/10/2008 at 23:54
I'm going to come clean and say that I've never rated Hayden. He came into MotoGP onto what was generally considered to be the best bike at the time, and his performance has been reliably mediocre ever since. Even when he won the title he did it by being consistently average.
It's all very well saying that the Honda team has been built around Pedrosa, but next year he's going to be in a similar boat with Ducati surely? Given that Stoner is effectively the only rider to manage to get the Ducati to work effectively, and other riders have failed pretty conclusively, then I reckon that Hayden really has his work cut out to do well against his team-mate next year. If he can get up the sharp end any time next year, he will have done well in my book.
Posted: 14/10/2008 at 09:34
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