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July 11th, 2008, 02:51 PM   #1
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Finally, Dean Adams of Superbikeplanet.com is reporting that Nicky Hayden is looking a very strong candidate to take Marco Melandri's seat at Ducati at the end of the year. Hayden has been with Honda for most of his racing career, but fell out of favor with the Japanese factory after the arrival of his Spanish team mate Dani Pedrosa. With Hayden's riding style very similar to the reigning world champion, Casey Stoner's, it is widely felt that Hayden is one of the few men who could be capable of taming the Ducati. Although Melandri is only halfway through the first year of a two-year deal with Ducati, it is inconceivable that Ducati would stand in Melandri's way if he wanted to leave, which he surely must. Indeed, Melandri is widely rumored to be quitting after Laguna Seca, with Sete Gibernau being lined up as a possible replacement.

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I'm not crazy about him going to Ducati. I think its a do or die situation. But considering he is dead at Honda, then he has no choice. Fuck it. What's the worst that can happen--being #2, mid to low pack? At very least he may be treated better than at POH (Peders-Obsessed Honda.)
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I still think a satellite Honda is the way to go for Nicky.
No pressure but with a bit of respect from the factory for sticking with them. Look what Sete did on a satellite Honda. Nicky could do the same, maybe better I think.
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<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (Jumkie @ Jul 11 2008, 03:52 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}><div class='quotemain'>I'm not crazy about him going to Ducati. I think its a do or die situation. But considering he is dead at Honda, then he has no choice. Fuck it. What's the worst that can happen--being #2, mid to low pack? At very least he may be treated better than at POH (Peders-Obsessed Honda.)

That's the way I look at it too.

He's 27 this month, he doesn't have another season to chuck at Honda. Worst case scenario he is demoted to Xerox Ducati.

[img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/ohmy.gif[/img] NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/laugh.gif[/img]
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The grass is always greener my friends. [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/rolleyes.gif[/img]

On another note, how will Nicky and Stoner be as teammates? That could also be crucial to his success/failure.

It's too bad Nick can't do a secret test on the Ducati to see how he like the feel of it [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/huh.gif[/img] before signing on the dotted line. I can't wait for the off season [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/biggrin.gif[/img]
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Is it just me or does Hayden look really relaxed (almost apathetic) about his mediocre practice sessions?

I think he signed or he is about to. The announcement will be made at Laguna. Maybe Ezy has engineered a rider swap. Nicky for Marco [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/ohmy.gif[/img]

If Dorna pulls the trigger on that transaction I would change my mind about Ezy . [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/laugh.gif[/img] Not really
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I just caught this check it out.

http://moto-racing.speedtv.com/article/mot...am-scott-honda/

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<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (R-46 @ Jul 11 2008, 03:40 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}><div class='quotemain'>I just caught this check it out.

http://moto-racing.speedtv.com/article/mot...am-scott-honda/

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Well all be damned, there is another article stating how Honda fucked Nicky. Jum you think for a second that Nicky would get preferential treatment on a satelite team? On the other hand if he goes to Duc and does mediocre to poor it would be just another Hayden letdown. It would be hard to continue to support him on a satelite Honda, I just really don't like them right now.
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Hmmmmm. That article kind of leads you to believe that Hayden may have had reservations about the switch, and Gibby was brought in to prove that other successfull 990 riders can pilot the upcoming GP9
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He and last years Honda weren't a good package and this years Honda is proving to be marginal at best...how is him riding for a satellite team any good for either party?

I think the Ducati is really the only real option. If it comes to pass and ends badly, probably wouldn't be any worse than the satellite honda. Then at least he's got the ties to a run on the ducati wsb squad [img]style_emoticons/<#EMO_DIR#>/wink.gif[/img]
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