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Old 11-22-2008, 09:20 AM   #1
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Mamola: ''Hayden must change style for Ducati''

FORMER MOTOGP World Champion Nicky Hayden must adapt his riding style to suit Ducati's Desmosedici racer - that's the advice coming from former 500cc GP star and fellow countryman, Randy Mamola.

Mamola says in his column on Alpinestars website that Hayden is good at conrtolling a sliding MotoGP bike when the tyres have degraded, or in the rain, but contrary to what some people think they're not skills needed to master the Desmosedici.

Mamola claims the Desmo's fearsome power is kept in check by an excellent electronic package, that allows the rider to give full throttle as soon as possible.

"The final turn at Valencia was the clearest example. Over the course of the weekend everybody had enjoyed seeing Nicky light the Honda up around that long left-hander but you only had to see him through there on Monday to see that the Ducati doesn't allow him to do it because it has a much more narrow power band.

"Either he has to change his approach or Ducati do, but I can't see the latter happening because the engine is one of their strongest points."

Mamola goes on to state it's in Ducati's interest to tailor bikes to suit each rider (Melandri??) - he also claims Gibernau will be extremely useful in tuning the Ducati for each rider.
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