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MotoGP: Nicky Hayden’s book promo helmet at Indy

08/08/2014

Not letting recovery and not racing get in the way of a great marketing opportunity Nicky Hayden is still giving all the American fans as much as he can ahead of his home round of the MotoGP championship in Indianapolis.

Missing the next couple of races while recovering from having bones removed from his troubled hand to make it more flexible ( he is being replaced by Briton Leon Camier) you could expect to find the fan favourite with his feet up but Nicky will instead be holding Honda meet and greets on Friday and Saturday and getting down to business. The family business.

Earl Hayden, Nicky’s dad has written a book chronicling his racing family – all the Hayden’s can ride a bike, not just Nicky, Tommy and Roger Lee the multi-title winning Hayden Brothers.

The book entitled ‘The First Family Of Racing’ was launched by Earl himself at the start of the Indy weekend in a press conference, while Nicky contributed this lovely bit of advertising for his Fathers work:

Hayden’s Starline special is once again a beautiful creation by Roberto Marchionni with a healthy dose of Camouflage as seen on many of Nicky’s recent popular helmet designs, the book title and the ‘Earl’s Racing Team’ logo used on many of the Items purchasable to support the brothers in the Hayden General Store. The photo montage from the book cover is also prominent on one side while a large ’69’ plate covers the other. The barcode is a nice touch too.

I can’t review the book yet but if it is half as good as the now hard to find ( especially outside the U.S.) OWB to MotoGP it will be worth a read, the Hayden’s are an entertaining bunch!

Finally, here is a statement from the books press release where Earl Hayden reveals the best thing about his project – it’s for a great cause –

“I’ve been blessed to have a great life so far, and I’m happy to have the opportunity to share it,” said Earl, who is donating his portion of the proceeds from this book to St. Joseph’s Peace Mission for Children, an emergency shelter for abused children in the Hayden family’s hometown of Owensboro, Ky. “I’m really passionate about this charity, and I hope to see it do well. If this book can entertain people and help make a difference, I’ll be tickled pink.”

For those interested the book can be found at the Hayden Bros General Store and also on Amazon.

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MotoGP: Hayden reveals 2013 Valencia test helmet early!

It appears Nicky Hayden is already looking to the future.

Who can blame him? After many years of dedication to Ducati the American; who was world champion in 2006 after Rossi fell in Valencia in a race that was poised at it’s start in the same way as the Lorenzo/Marquez battle this year;  is ready for his forthcoming move to the Aspar team.

He is so ready he has already shared the following image of his new lid on Twitter at @NickyHayden :

Nicky's New lid, shared by the Kentucky Kid himself, image for editorial use only, under fair use act

Nicky’s New lid, shared by the Kentucky Kid himself, image for editorial use only, under fair use act

The latest Arai special helmet for Hayden is once again covered in Starline graphics and is painted by his usual artist Roberto Marchionni, who posted the news in a reply that ” now I don’t think is possible make replica…but is possible after special edition painted hand. Thanks Roby”

So for those wanting a replica it sounds like there is a good chance. As long as you don’t expect him to paint them all by hand!

It is really nice to see a rider of Hayden’s caliber and quality ready to fight again after his long, hard stint at Ducati, adding RESET & PUSH HARDER and ‘The Next Match’ to his usual, equally positive personal mantra of ‘Let’s Get It’.

Here’s to seeing this helmet in action in his Honda return at the Valencia Test!

MotoGP: Hayden’s ‘Born To Ride’ helmet to be a special edition- Updated

UPDATE:

This helmet will be only produced on order from  Italian Arai dealers and will be available from February 2014 and costs € 1.049,  the helmet will come with a ’six pack’ that includes the helmet, and Arai bag, smoke visor, Arai cap, helmet cleaner and 10% discount on a new purchase.

The Arai RX-7 GP has a double omologation: ECE 22-05 and Snell M2010 and the rest of the features are the same for Arai’s top of the line racing helmet.

To pine over what could have been, check out my original post below:

Due to popular demand (because it looks good) Nicky Hayden took charge of his own press and announced on Twitter that his ‘Born To Ride’ army/camo helmet from the Laguna Seca and Indianapolis rounds will be released as a customer special edition.

Posting at @NickyHayden the American wrote:

“Good news for fans that been asking bout the camo helmet. Arai will be releasing a limited edition”.

No further details yet, but I will update as and when they become available. In the meantime here are some images of the helmets excellent artwork by Starline graphics, including of the open helmet idea originally used on the ‘Easy Hayden’ lid from last season…

Coming soon to an Arai dealer near you….
Image 1 by Arai HElmets uk via Facebook
Image 2 By @NickyHayden via Twitter

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MotoGP: Hayden’s ‘Born To Ride’ helmet to be a special edition

Due to popular demand (because it looks good) Nicky Hayden took charge of his own press and announced on Twitter that his ‘Born To Ride’ army/camo helmet from the Laguna Seca and Indianapolis rounds will be released as a customer special edition.

Posting at @NickyHayden the American wrote:

“Good news for fans that been asking bout the camo helmet. Arai will be releasing a limited edition”.

No further details yet, but I will update as and when they become available. In the meantime here are some images of the helmets excellent artwork by Starline graphics, including of the open helmet idea originally used on the ‘Easy Hayden’ lid from last season…

Coming soon to an Arai dealer near you….
Image 1 by Arai HElmets uk via Facebook
Image 2 By @NickyHayden via Twitter

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MotoGP: Image of the GP – Indianapolis – flying Ducati’s!

ducati  Hayden Dovizioso wheels up over rumble strip Indianapolis 2013

Ducati’s at play – airborne style!
Image credit to @Charlie76king on Twitter, editorial use only.

As it’s a busy few weeks of GP action here’s the Image of the GP for Indianapolis during Brno race weekend (Ahem, oops!)

Ducati already said it all when as Hayden and Dovizioso clashed on the final laps final corner flying over the rumble strip, leaving both bikes with their wheels off the ground they said “After the race in Indianapolis, we know that our riders are both very motivated!”

Both riders were called to see the Ducati bosses and asked to try and avoid a repeat – it’s the third time the team-mates have clashed this season following  their final corner clash in Assen and when they touched in the Laguna Seca race last month.

Now, time to race in Brno…

MotoGP: Stefan Bradl – A nice new livery to go with a nice new contract!

The Red Bull Indianapolis Grand Prix has already been good for Stefan Bradl before he’s even turned a tyre in an official session.

Bradl Red Bull Indianapolis

New Paint job, new contract…now all he needs is a podium finish to put a cherry on top!
Bradl poses with his LCR Honda and some very famous bricks- image via LCR Honda, editorial use only

He already has an eye-catching, Red Bull sponsor themed new paint job for the weekend – but that’s small-fry after officially signing to ride for LCR for the 2014 season.

The German former Moto2 champion, who achieved his best performance to date with his first podium (finishing 2nd) from his maiden pole in Laguna Seca had previously also briefly lead his home race at the Sachsenring last month, and now returns from the summer break with a lot to celebrate.

LCR’s statement, released on Thursday said:

“LCR Honda Team is pleased to announce that Stefan Bradl has confirmed the agreement with Honda Racing Corporation (HRC) to line up as a Honda “factory supported” rider competing for the LCR Team in the 2014 MotoGP World Championship.”

Bradl Himself went on to add:

“HRC’s support was extremely important for me in my first season in the premier class and, with their direct cooperation, I achieved my first podium in the top class this year,” Bradl comments. “I am happy to continue with Lucio’s Team because we know each other very well now and we have built a professional and friendly atmosphere in the team which allows me to be at 100% every race.”

Team Manager Lucio Cecchinello remains happy to have Bradl on board and reflected on the recent podium, an achievement for not just Bradl, but the whole LCR outfit:

“Being a part of HRC’s program and continuing our sport project with Stefan through to 2014 make us very happy and very proud. Stefan has amazed everybody at his debut in 2012 and is now showing his progress in the MotoGP class. His first MotoGP podium was a great result for him and for the whole Team so, from our side, we will do our best to support Stefan in 2014.”

Yet for the rumour mill it is another door slammed shut.

With 2014 rides in short supply and a lot of speculation remaining someone will have to miss out.

As it stands:

Factory Yamaha –  Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo remain under contract until 2014

Repsol Honda – Dani Pedrosa and Marc Marquez remain under contract until 2014

Ducati Team  – Andrea Dovizioso is under contract until 2014. He is Joined by Cal Crutchlow with a contract up to the 2015 season.

Tech3 Yamaha – Bradley Smith and the incoming Pol Espargaro under contract until 2014, though Espargaro is contracted to Yamaha up to 2015.

LCRHonda –  Stefan Bradl has a new contract for the 2014 season

Gresini Honda – Alvaro Baurista is contracted to the end of the 2014 season

Pramac Ducati – Ben Spies is under contract for the 2014 season

The CRT seats are a little more open ended with little definite to go on yet.

There is strong rumour that Gresini at least will have a second bike , this time thought to be a production racer which is hotly rumored to be filled by Brit Moto2 leader Scott Redding. He confirmed at the recent BT Sport launch that he will definitely be making the move up to the top tier of MotoGP racing, but did not reveal with which team he has made the move.

The other main satellite machine yet to be confirmed is Andrea Iannone’s Pramac seat, though he is expected to renew shortly.

With the injection of Honda machinery and Yamaha engines the world of CRT is morphing away from where it currently stands, Forward Racing have already announced they will be using Yamaha power in the hope of becoming more competitive.

Nicky Hayden’s seat at Ducati was quickly filled by Crutchlow, with the American having made no announcement as of yet of what his future holds.

So, for the meantime, ‘silly season’ continues…

MotoGP: Image of the GP – look, I can fly!

The Sachsenring race weekend contained a lot of crashes and a lot of spectacular imagery to illustrate what a flying MotoGP rider looks like for those who missed practice, where much of the action happened.

My favourite image has not got a rider in mid-air, but is instead an image of the current championship bucking bronco of a ride-  the Ducati – in action, and it was the fancy new prototype bike that Dovizioso saw off at the beginning of the weekend. It’s position in the sky suggests why.

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I can fly! Andrea Dovizioso’s factory Ducati tries flying, turns out to be an expensive experiment.
Image by Gigi Soldano shared on Twitter at @GigiSoldano

I made it my feature image as it conjures up thoughts of great conversations in the Ducati camp:

Dovi: Look Nicky, I can go higher than yooooooou!

Hayden: But Y’all meant to go straight not up!

Back in the Garage…

Hayden: Please tell me you didn’t give him the fancy new one…

*Ducati mechanics shuffle while staring at feet*

 

Though the funniest image of the weekend came via Moto3 rider Luis Salom and the marshals deckchair, which you can see here – If you can’t beat them.. have a sit down!

Laguna Seca is this weekend so get well soon to Dani Pedrosa, Jorge Lorenzo, Andrea Iannone and those who rode through the pain – Hector Barbera, Cal Crutchlow, Xavier Simeon, Tito Rabat (Moto2 wasn’t exempt from pain) did I miss anyone off? So many crashes!

MotoGP: Pedrosa claims Marquez Mugello improvements down to using his data

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When Pedrosa had his name in lights… this trailer shows both riders are long time Honda favourites…
Image by Lisa Lewis

 

 

Championship leader Dani Pedrosa scored second in last Sundays Italian Gran Prix after regaining the position Marc Marquez had taken from him when his rookie team-mate crashed out of the race.

 

 

It seems however that the Spanish Honda veteran is annoyed at the changes made by Marquez over the weekend which allowed him to make drastic improvements in his performance on race day, claiming in an interview with Catalunya Radio that the competitiveness of the teenager was due to Marquez being given his set-up data.

 

 

Spainish website as.com reported that Pedrosa told his local station: “Marquez’s race was surprising after falling so hard on Friday and Saturday, but we know that he copied our bike settings. His team were given all the information that we gathered on Saturday to improve traction and I guess then it is easier.”

 

 

Data sharing first became a major issue in the Honda garage back in 2008 when Pedrosa’s manager Albeto Puig was embroiled in a war of words with then team-mate Nicky Hayden, telling MotoGP.com at the time that:

 

 

“Hayden may be bothered because now he can’t access information and telemetry data from Dani’s bike. With this information he was able to improve his riding, as he had all of Dani’s references and now he can’t use that any longer.”

 

 

 

 

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Image of the GP part two: The Great Escape

Image of the GP part two: The Great Escape

Nicky Hayden narrowly avoids being taken out by a falling Valentino Rossi in Le Mans
Image via Hayden’s official Twitter @NickyHayden

Nicky Hayden just posted his best result of the season so far with a fifth place in the wet at Le Mans, but he came close to not finishing at all!

Unlike Niklas Ajo who could do little about Zulfahmi Khairuddin’s crash in front of him in Moto3, Hayden got lucky and had the chance to get clear of the tumbling Valentino Rossi, his team-mate last season at Ducati.

After Dovizioso’s efforts to mix it up at the front – he lead at one stage- it seems the Ducati still runs really well in the damp.

now if they could just find a dry set up…

MotoGP: More from Ducati and Honda

This week I have been lucky enough to cover some off the press reports for crash.net for the Jerez qualifying sessions, so this blog had a bit of time of to make up for all the writing needed today!

For more on how Hayden and Dovizioso fared at Ducati or how the Honda riders, Dani Pedrosa and Marc Marquez fared at Jerez just follow the links below to catch up with the action at crash.net:

http://www.crash.net/motogp/news/190747/1/motogp_jerez_pace_the_most_important_thing_-_pedrosa.html

http://www.crash.net/motogp/news/190742/1/motogp_jerez_lorenzo_pedrosa_one_step_ahead_-_marquez.html

http://www.crash.net/motogp/news/190752/1/jerez_motogp_boost_for_hayden_front_problems_for_dovizioso.html