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October 26th, 2016, 10:41 PM   #1
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Nicky speaks on career and team mates

Found here - Soup :: Interview: American Racer Nicky Hayden :: 10-25-2016

IMO only, but some interesting comments.

On team mates.

Often spoken of here and sometimes dismissed but Nicky speaks.

But, one by one, if you say for example, "Barros", what is the first thing that comes to mind immediately about Alex?
"Very fast. Honestly, he was faster and stronger than I expected from Barros. I think maybe one of the most underrated teammates I ever had".

Of course he covers Stoner, Rossi, Dovi, Dani, Marquez (with comments that are open to interpretation with some people suggesting that there may be something there where IMO he has only worked with Marc once so cannot judge)

"Yeah, well, I guess you can ask me after the weekend, but I guess this year we already knew how fast and talented Marc was, but now he's shown how smart he can be and consistent and he added another element to his game to be able to get these podiums".

And on Max Biaggi (have to smile at this)

"Max is a four-time world champ, I mean, for me it was a good challenge, because he's not easy on track or off track, in pit lane, and in the games guys play and for me it was a good experience to be teammates with a guy like that.

But amongst all of the comments and answers, my personal favourite is in the answer to the Biaggi question -

I had a journalist ask me earlier this year about Van der Mark. He said "Are you worried? He's so fast. Are you worried to have such a fast teammate?" and I said "Well I don't know, I've had a couple of fast ones before - Barros, Biaggi, Stoner, Rossi - maybe you've heard of them. It's not the first time I've had to deal with a strong teammate every day"

Seriously bought a hell of a smile ....... and a question of what research had this journalist done (I assume little)
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October 26th, 2016, 11:26 PM   #2
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Interesting mention of "the qualifying tyre"
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October 27th, 2016, 07:55 AM   #3
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Seems to rate Stoner.
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October 27th, 2016, 08:48 AM   #4
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Originally Posted by michaelm View Post
Seems to rate Stoner.
I don't know of a guy that was in the same paddock as him that doesn't.
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I don't know of a guy that was in the same paddock as him that doesn't.

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October 27th, 2016, 10:07 AM   #6
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Great respect for Valentino too.
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Great respect for Marquez too.
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