Friday, May 30, 2008

Nicky Hayden defends his performance…


Nicky Hayden may be down, but don't count him out just yet...

2006 MotoGP world champ, Nicky Hayden hasn’t exactly had a dream run this year. The ex-world champ hasn’t finished on the podium at all this year, and is said to be on the verge of losing his Repsol Honda MotoGP ride at the end of this season.

‘It is still early but sure I would like to be stronger right now. I haven’t really clicked and still we’ve not got enough speed to be real dangerous,’ says the Kentucky Kid, speaking to MCN. ‘This grid is really competitive with a lot of world champions, but we will keep trying stuff and I’ll never give up,’ he adds.

‘I know it is not something just to stumble across but these guys are going fast. The guy on the hill in the armchair just thinks brake a little deeper and you’ll be okay. Same with the TV people, when they are sitting in their airconditioned booths. It is not that easy out there when the bullets are flying,’ says Hayden, obviously not very happy about how people have been talking about his recent performances.

In an interesting aside, Hayden, who recently did a special demo ride at the Indy 500 says, ‘That’s a pretty sick race, with 350,000 people there on race day. It was pretty wild, and those cars go fast. I know us bike guys accuse those car guys of being soft, but they get down at the end of that straight and turn left at 360km/h, without touching the brake or lifting off the throttle.’ Hmm… impressive!

Also see:
2008 MotoGP race results and hi-res wallpaper
Why Rizla Suzuki is one of our favourite teams in MotoGP...
Jorge Lorenzo, more 'dangerous' than Dani Pedrosa and Casey Stoner?
Tadayuki Okada to return to MotoGP, after an absence of 8 years!
Valentino Rossi: What could have been...
Aprilia on track for MotoGP comeback in 2011...

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