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Old 02-21-2009, 04:31 PM   #1
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Nicky Hayden lacking rear confidence

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American Nicky Hayden reckons he must adapt to the aggressive pumping from the rear of Ducatiís new factory GP9 as the start of the 2009 MotoGP campaign approaches.

One of the biggest issues the 2006 world champion has struggled to cope with is Ducatiís notorious rear pumping problem, triggered under hard acceleration.

The issue has been improved with Ducatiís gamble on an exotic carbon fibre chassis, but Hayden struggled with the issue during recent testing at the Sepang circuit in Malaysia when he could only finish 11th quickest.

ďThe bike is unpredictable so itís hard to get down to where I need to be. On the exit of the corners Iím still having some problems with stability and some issues with the pumping.

"Everywhere else it is really stable like on the brakes and in the fast corners but on the exit is when it really breaks loose, ďsaid the former Repsol Honda rider.

The pumping problem was exaggerated by Haydenís struggle to gel with the hard compound Bridgestone rear tyre.

He said: ďIt makes the pumping worse on the exit because it breaks away and tries to hook and transfers to the front and gets unpredictable and it is hard to get in a rhythm. I need to figure that tyre out.Ē
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Old 02-21-2009, 06:16 PM   #2
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He said: “It makes the pumping worse on the exit because it breaks away and tries to hook and transfers to the front and gets unpredictable and it is hard to get in a rhythm. I need to figure that tyre out.”

He is giving excuses already. I don't think it will be a good season for Nicky.
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Old 02-21-2009, 06:49 PM   #3
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if its not,he mayneed to step down to something else....maybe
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Old 02-22-2009, 12:28 AM   #4
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Old 02-22-2009, 12:38 AM   #5
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Yeah I noticed this on the Testing Video. He looked way out of sorts and like the bike had lots of chatter. Let me see if I can find a clip.
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Yeah here in the clip that Mr. Richards and myself posted from Sepang. Watch Nicky's segment and in the first turn he is all over the place. Misses the apex, and the rear is chattering. No Bueno.

http://www.bikerpunks.com/mediaviewer/1829/2009-motogp-testing-in-sepang.html"]http://www.bikerpunks.com/mediaviewer/1829/2009-motogp-testing-in-sepang.html

Dang it link fail.

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http://www.bikerpunks.com/mediaviewe...in-sepang.html
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