Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Bang or Scream: Nicky Hayden speaks his mind

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"The screamer has its strong points," says Nicky. Umm... we agree!

2006 MotoGP world champ, Nicky Hayden recently spoke to Road Racer X about the 2011 Ducati Desmosedici GP11 machine. Here are some interesting excerpts from what the Kentucky Kid had to say:

On Ducati's ‘banger’ vs ‘screamer’ engines

The screamer has its strong points – it hits a bit harder and probably on top it has a bit more speed, but you’ve got to find the right package for eighteen races. Eighteen tracks and eighteen different conditions. That’s where the big bang is a benefit – the dirty tracks, slippery conditions, tight places – it definitely has a broader powerband and it’s easier to manage over a whole race distance.

I’d say right now we’re leaning toward the big bang, but we have to keep our options open. Maybe we’ll try the screamer again and make a final decision. They both have strong points and weak points, but it’s just a compromise of what’s going to work the best for all conditions for the whole season.

On 1000s coming back to MotoGP in 2012

Growing up riding superbikes and dirt track, I like the idea of the 1000s – I think those suit my style a little bit better. I didn’t come from the 250s, but I think with the electronics now, it’s not going to be like it was before when we were backing it in and spinning and sliding. I don’t think the 800s are as exciting as the bigger bikes were, but we’ll see. This is the last year on 800s [and] I certainly want to make it my best year – that’s where my focus is.

On whether the new-age electronics in MotoGP have affected his riding style

Well, a lot. You don’t really go against the electronics – you’ve got to use them, and it certainly helps to ride the bike smoother. People seem to think that if I could just turn them off, I could ride the bike faster, but that’s not the case. You’ve got to find the right balance, and they definitely help. They’re the reason you see all those guys standing around with computers, hitting buttons, because when they get them dialled in, they work. There are so many variables that go into it that you have to use those guys and let them help you.

Please go to Road Racer X for the full interview

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