I wasn't a big Nicky Hayden fan, but I have a lot of respect for the way he has hung in there at Ducati and scratched out the most he can from what is obviously a very difficult motorcycle to race on. There's a good article of quotes from him in the last issue of Cycle World, and I particularly find this one refreshing, considering the number of primadonna's in racing today, and he went up a few notches in my book with this:
"I take a lot of pride in what I do. I love MotoGP and racing motorcycles at the highest level. I come from Kentucky, where all my cousins are picking watermelons 10 hours a day. I don't have a hard job - 18 races, talk to a few people, sign a couple of autographs, fly First Class to some pretty nice countries, get picked up in a limo. There are worse options. And I've done worse. I'm no hard-luck story, but I've worked in the fields. I'm not going to complain."
If you can find the issue, read the article; good stuff from Nicky.
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