Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Nicky Hayden: ‘Sticking one to Pedrosa would put a smile on my face!’


The man who beat Rossi to win the 2006 MotoGP world championship. Surely, the Kentucky Kid can whup Dani Pedrosa's ass this year?

2006 MotoGP world champ Nicky Hayden, who’s riding for Ducati in the 2009 MotoGP season, has been struggling so far in testing this year. In tests, the Kentucky Kid has been nowhere near as fast as team mate and 2007 MotoGP world champ Casey Stoner – the Aussie still seems to be the only man who can work magic with Ducati’s GP bikes.

Edgar Jessop, of BikeSportNews, recently had the opportunity to speak to Nicky and here are some excerpts from what the ex-MotoGP world champ had to say:

On how he may have to change his riding style to adapt to the Ducati GP9

Well I'm sure there will be some tweaks and work on many things. Also, I need to understand how the team works and to get down our communications so they can give me what I need. But really at the end of the day I need to twist that throttle and just ride the wheels off the front if I want to make any noise this year...

On looking forward to sticking one to Pedrosa

That would probably put a smile on my face!

On why his relationship with Dani Pedrosa went wrong

I don't know and don't really care to be honest. It is a shame two team mates had such an ugly relationship but this ain't little league baseball. Anyway, that's all old news now and I'm over that story.

On whether he misses Dani…

Being away from him I realize how much I miss him and especially Puig!! No kidding, Dani is a very talented rider – fast and dangerous, so I don’t want to say too much. It really is a dead topic for me.

On leaving Honda

Yeah, nobody likes to get moved on, and I worked with some great people and rode some trick Hondas. They gave me a great life and helped make a lot dreams come true for me, so I am thankful. But it was time to move on and I know I've got bullet fast Ducatis, so it’s up to me to make it happen now...

On the 2009 MotoGP season

I hope this year I can get back to where I was in 05 and 06 and be a contender week in and week out. I really need to start the year solid and build momentum. I got a big opportunity from a great team. I can't wait, but really no need to talk about it anymore – need to just be about it.

Visit the BSN website here for the full article

Also see:
Huge collection of 2008 MotoGP wallpaper...
2009 KTM RC8 R riding impression...
Fiat Yamaha push for reduction in MotoGP costs...
Blastolene's supercharged V8-powered trike...!
An interview with the men behind Xenophya...
Gordon Murray: "The MV Agusta F4 is so slow..."
Face-off: BMW K1300R vs Buell 1125CR...
Barry Sheene tribute GSX-R750...

Elsewhere today:
Eurosport's 1993 500cc GP racing season review
(You'll need something like uTorrent to download this 312MB, 53-minute video, and Real Player to watch it. It's an absolute must-watch for Kevin Schwantz and/or Wayne Rainey fans...!!!)
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