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Matthew Birt  says:

Ducati keen to see Nicky Hayden in WSB

Ducati doesn’t want to cut axed MotoGP rider Nicky Hayden completely off its payroll in 2014 and will try and tempt the American to ride a Panigale in World Superbikes. The 2006 world champion has not had his factory MotoGP contract renewed for a sixth season, but there is still serious interest in his services with a range of WSB and...

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gixanator

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gixanator says:

at the end of the day if Ducati feel enough shame to offer Nicky a ludicrous amount of cash to ride the Panigale wouldn't he be stupid to refuse?

success breeds success, Nicky's not felt that emotion for long enough for the hunger to fade, he knows the dream on MotoGP is past, he's a one hit champion, no shame when your fellow prisoners are the likes of KRJr, Criville and Schwantz.

he's not the rider wrestling the works Honda any more, he just enjoys racing, that's not enough justification to be in MotoGP but the challenge of WSBK might revitalise the guy, (it did for Max), he's good enough but has lost the heart for MotoGP and who can blame him?

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pacman46

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pacman46 says:

Good move!

 It would be a good move I see Nicky doing well in WSB!

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bikenutter

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bikenutter says:

Can't see it

I don't think he'll want to go SBK, if he does it'll be Ducati cementing their US market. His MotoGP options are a bit obsure though...crotch-rocket.net/nickyhayden2014options/. If he does stay I recon it'll be that NGM Yamaha combo

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willc955

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willc955 says:

maybe the best deal...

...but Nicky should make Ducati give him an 1198

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YamahaGYTR

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YamahaGYTR says:

Hayden in WSBK will be a front runner would be something if he won the title at the first attempt and add to his MotoGP title.

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73mach3

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73mach3 says:

nicky

needs to come back to the states and race the 1/2 mile and mile. add that too his record that would be cool

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shawno76

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shawno76 says:

Make no mistake...

Bar is still high in WSB -(shame Biaggi has left) - Hayden would be at the sharp end from the bat and hungry for race wins and another title he could realistically fight for.  Why not?  Would be great to see him battling it out and enjoying himself with Sykes, Camier, (what's happened to Leon?!), Jonny, Fabrizio and Checa....   Why is it that Ducati dominated for the 90's and late noughties on production (yes I know) machinery but cannot apply the absolute basic physics to their prototypes?!  Again, milk that passport for all it's worth Nicky and command a 7 figure salary in WSB... because you mate - are worth it!

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Ivebeenthehero

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Good question Shawno76

 I think Shawno76 the reason Ducati has failed to repeat their WSB success in MotoGP is down to their engine capacity advantage enjoyed in WSB. Which, ironically led to the four stroke manufcturers having to produce very high spec bikes with all the electronic trimmings to compete and which, ironically, led to WSB nipping at the heels of MotoGP and the position we are in now with Dorna putting Superbikes back in their production based box for 2014.   

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Bootlegger

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Bootlegger says:

And a good thing too

A clear seperation between SBK and GP needs to exist. The Panigale is very good in STK and the SBK rules will be much in line with STK next year. My opinion. In GP the tyre war needs to be resumed for Ducati to get back in the hunt. Unlike HRC who also run an L-4,they can't chuck 5 different chassis' at a problem every time Bridgestone change a compound or carcass stiffness. The reason Ducati had the 2006 title in the palm of their hands for taking in 2006 was exactly because Bridgestone were working full time with Ducati. That all changed with the single tyre rule and Ducati went backwards as the tyre war no longer existed and the whole game became an all Yamaha/HRC/Bridgestone Japanese affair.

As for Nick,obviously he will want to stay in GP and probably will find a decent ride. Hope he does. I can't  see him signing to race next year in a class that will be essentially glorified STK.

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ow01fogno1

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ow01fogno1 says:

Do what he wants

 Personally Ducati need Nicky h more than he needs them right now,Yamaha could be the best option results wise.

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