Interesting theory CH
After 2 years of stagnation, why would they want to continue to pay him this huge 'consultancy fee' when Hayden is getting more out of the bike and finally got the result he deserved (in terms of Ducati positions)
But is that Ducati really such an outright dog?
Is it possible they could still get someone else who could make more of it?
Hayden, who no-one seems to rate as a winner (in the same terms as say Lorenzo, Stoner, Pedrosa) was running lap times very similar to the Tech3 bikes and not far off Spies (granted, we don't know if his times were affected by his bike, but he had picked his pace up for the few laps before his crash, so assume not)
Saying that Hayden's pace was similar to the Tech3 bikes may not sound any great shakes when it is a factory bike, but, the Yamaha is a very capable well rounded bike, even in satellite form and appears to be the class of the field.
So, if Hayden can get the Ducati on the same pace as the Tech3 bikes and just shy of the pace of one of the Factory Yams, is it fair to assume that a better rider could place the bike higher? The rationale for that is that we see what the Factory Yam is capable of with Lorenzo on it, but if it was just Spies we wouldn't. Ditto the Ducati, if Hayden can run the lap times he was, could someone else do better?
Are we seeing the full potential of the Ducati.