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Matthew Birt  says:

Nicky Hayden ‘can’t wait’ for Honda return

American Nicky Hayden has spoken of his excitement and anticipation at returning to Honda when preparations for the 2014 MotoGP world championship commence in Valencia next week. The 2006 world champion will make his debut on the new production Honda RCV1000R machine during next week’s three-day test session in Spain after he ended a miserable five-year stint at Ducati by joining...

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jahkeym

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jahkeym says:

Go Nicky, go Nicky! lol

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yzrm1

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yzrm1 says:

nicky must be able

next year to lose dovi in 2 corners!

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CH987

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CH987 says:

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 Following the recent Honda  test the best rumours had Takumi Takahashi lapping half a second slower on the RCV1000R than on the RCV213V and Stoner lapping within a few tenths. If thats true then that would put them around the customer prototype level.

 

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AlexDAbomB69

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AlexDAbomB69 says:

God

 I hope so.

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diceman23

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diceman23 says:

 Nicky should provide the benchmark for Roookies like Redding and other riders in the 'Open' class but lets not kid ourselves that the RCV1000R is a competitive machine outside of that Class. Casey being 3 tenths off the pace of the factory prototype at a 1 day test in tricky conditions simply means he wasn't pushing the Protoype that hard. Takahashi being half a second down sounds more realistic. Honda wanted to crush the ART machines with this bike and they've already effectivley done that without turning a wheel PBM being the only team left using them. I'm Sure after the time he has spent on the Ducati Hayden will genuinley enjoy riding the Honda and he'll monster the Open class next year but do you really think HRC would put a customer bike on the grid that has a chance of competing with the protoypes?

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AlexDAbomB69

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AlexDAbomB69 says:

Because

 of the prohibitive costs to most other manufacturers I can see the whole grid being on machines like the RCV1000R in 2016 when dorna changes the rules to dumb down the bikes, because it needs to change the format or no one will be watching, 4 factory bikes with only 3 people fighting for the world championship in a field of up to 24 riders, something will change and you can gaurantee it will be the bikes again.

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CH987

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CH987 says:

diceman

do you really think HRC would put a customer bike on the grid that has a chance of competing with the prototypes?"

No not the factory bikes, but I think they'd put a bike on the grid capable of beating a Tech 3.

 

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diceman23 says:

So tech3 bikes aren't protypes and a tech3 bike isn't sitting 5th in the championship ahead of two protype hondas? By your rational that means you reckon Honda have produced a customer bike capable of beating their own satellite prototypes. With the exception of ducati this machine will be half a second a lap down on any protype on the grid because that's what it is designed to be. The steel springs alone compared to pneumatic valves  should have enough of an effect on the fuel consumption to cancel out any benefit of the increased allowance now couple that with the spec ecu.....

 

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phinmac

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phinmac says:

Finally

Finally its over. nO more lame Ducks disease!  Hopefully Nicky will get some trick parts for his bike too. Sick of seeing the same ole faces on the podium.

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