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Old 01-05-2013, 08:10 AM   #1
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Nicky Hayden

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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Old 01-05-2013, 09:57 AM   #2
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Old 01-05-2013, 09:58 AM   #3
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Been A big Fan of Nicky from day one, no whining, just gets on with the job and always gives 100%

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Old 01-05-2013, 10:17 AM   #4
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How could ANYBODY not be a big Hayden fan. I was there when he was quickest every session, and not by a small amount. He won going away and then gave Earl a ride around the dry lagoon toting the stars and bars.

A great day in motorcycle racing. Pure Kentucky style Americana.
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Old 01-05-2013, 10:41 AM   #5
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Plus one or two to the fan mail above!!

I respect the work ethic on the track and professionalism in his brand representations.
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Old 01-05-2013, 05:34 PM   #6
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I have all the respect in the world ffor Nicky. He' a true profesional. He gives 100% every weekend, he never whines or complains, and he's good with the fans. No matter what the future holds for Nicky, he'll still always have a world championship.
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Old 01-05-2013, 06:40 PM   #7
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+3 BeezWife and I have been Nicky fans since his Hyper Cycle Suzuki days.
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Old 01-05-2013, 08:42 PM   #8
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I have a lot of respect for Nicky, for the reasons mentioned above.

My wife was a big NH fan back in the Superbike days when he'd still sneak in a dirt track or three in a season. We were at the flat track national in Harrington, DE one year, walking the pits post-race. I had recently attended American Supercamp and was chatting with Chris Carr in the pits. Chris' wife had a puppy with her and my wife was playing with the puppy with her back to Chris and I. Nicky walked up, politely waited for a lull in conversation and began talking business with Chris. I excused myself and we walked along. I asked my wife what she thought of being up close and personal with Nicky... she hadn't even noticed as she was so wrapped up in the puppy.
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Old 01-05-2013, 09:30 PM   #9
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saw him get his first half mile win!
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Old 01-06-2013, 06:07 AM   #10
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Nicky's has always been high on my list of heros.
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Old 01-06-2013, 08:47 PM   #11
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I became a Nicky fan when he was riding the Harley 883 class. We went to Laguna Seca and it rained all weekend. He took his steel dirt track shoes and put them on his boots and slid through all the corners and won the race. That was genius and awesome.
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Old 01-07-2013, 02:13 AM   #12
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I have all the respect in the world ffor Nicky. He' a true profesional. He gives 100% every weekend, he never whines or complains, and he's good with the fans. No matter what the future holds for Nicky, he'll still always have a world championship.
Exactly. Rode that difficult Duc hard all last season, always smiling. Compare that with the Italian superstar, and Nicky came away with a lot of respect for his work.

Maybe Vale needs to get out and dig a few tons of spuds.

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Old 01-07-2013, 05:51 AM   #13
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Exactly. Rode that difficult Duc hard all last season, always smiling.
I wouldn't say always smiling, this past season was as close as I ever saw him look frustrated. But he tried to put a good face on it, even then.

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Compare that with the Italian superstar, and Nicky came away with a lot of respect for his work.
Do we want to discuss the number of times his previous team mate threw the team under the bus?


I think that, compared to both 27 and 46, folks came away with the impression that 69 was THE class act of the paddock.

As his riding career comes to a close in the next few years, I really hope that Ducati recognize his value as an ambassador for the marque, and employ him accordingly.
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Old 01-07-2013, 04:47 PM   #14
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Nicky Hayden is a class act, always has been.

Us old timers understand that old saying; "the cream always rises to the top."
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Old 01-07-2013, 04:59 PM   #15
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I have always knew just how good Nicky is! I was kinda disappointed when he decided to go to the International Arena. I would have been Thrilled to see him ride Road Race and jump on a XR750 win a mile or a Motard, SuperX! He has that kind of talent! He has the kinda versatility that Kenny Roberts, Cal Rayborn, Wayne Rainey, Gary Nixon! I don't need go on, you get the picture. Can you imagine how AMA would have been changed if ALL the Hayden's would show up as a team! With a 1/2 a can of whip ass open!
A new definition for Wrecking Crew!

WOW!
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