Nicky Hayden to Ride at Isle of Man

nicky_hayden_iomttNicky Hayden will be traveling to the Isle of Man this year to do a lap around the mountain course during the Arai Parade Lap. Hayden, the 2006 MotoGP World Champion, will ride alongside Ian Hutchinson and Mick Doohan.

Hayden will be riding at the Isle of Man on June 8th. Beside his parade lap, he will also be presenting the trophy for the Monster Energy Supersport Race.

“I’m really looking forward to going to the Isle of Man,” Hayden said. “I’ve been to pretty much every kind of motorcycle race you can imagine-the Daytona 200, the Jerez MotoGP, the Anaheim Supercross, the Namur World Motocross-but I’ve never been to the Isle of Man or any other real street race. The TT is just one of those events that every race fan wants to see eventually.”

Hayden’s trip to the Isle of Man will come just a few days before the MotoGP heads to Silverstone for the British round of the series on June 12th.

Hayden scored his first podium of the season at the Spanish GP, and currently sits in fourth place behind Jorge Lorenzo, Dani Pedrosa, and Casey Stoner.

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Hayden Gets His Turn on the GP12 [Video]

Hayden_on_the_GP12Yesterday, Valentino Rossi got a chance to take the next generation of Ducati racing bikes, the Desmosedici GP12, around the Jerez track. Today, his teammate Nicky Hayden, was able to put in some laps with the future Ducati machine.

Here is a video of Nicky Hayden riding the new Ducati GP12.

Hayden and the Ducati team almost had to call off the testing session due to early morning rain, but the sun came out in the afternoon and Hayden was able to ride.

“After lunch, I was able to put on my leathers and I couldn’t wait to ride,” Hayden said. “It was worth the wait. It’s an honor to be able to participate in the first track test of the GP12 because it doesn’t happen very often that you get to ride a bike on the track for the first time: it’s a special feeling.

“Everything went very well. We didn’t have a single problem. The motor is really nice to use. I had a lot of fun riding the bike.”

Despite Hayden’s limited amount of time with the bike, he was still able to put in more than 60 laps. You can check out Valentino Rossi’s testing session with the GP12 here.

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Dainese to Open D-Store in Chicago

Dainese_ChicagoDainese will be opening its first franchise in the USA and its third D-Store during a Grand Opening celebration next week in Chicago. The Grand Opening of the new Dainese D-Store will be this Sunday, and will involve guest appearances by Nicky Hayden and Kevin Schwantz.

Dainese is the world leader in protective apparel for motorcycling, as well as skiing, snowboarding and mountain biking. The Italian company was founded in 1972, and its apparel has been on the backs of legendary riders like Giacomo Agostini, Barry Sheene, and Freddy Spencer. Dainese has a rich motorcycling history, but also a bright motorcycling future. Dainese products are currently worn by riders like Valentino Rossi, Marco Simoncelli, Nicky Hayden, and Max Biaggi.

Lino Dainese started venturing out into markets outside of motorcycles in 1995, and now Dainese is the trusted source when it comes to skiing, biking, or horseback riding gear. The new D-Store Chicago will carry complete collections for all of the lines that have made Dainese famous over the years.

“Dainese D-Stores are flagship stores where Dainese and AGV collections are showcased in especially designed surroundings enhancing the customers’ experience,” Dainese said in a statement. “D-Stores are currently located in San Francisco, Orange County, Milan, Rome, Paris, Barcelona, Moscow, Athens, Manchester, Köln, Munich, Wien, Düsseldorf and Yokohama.”

The D-Store in Chicago will celebrate its Grand Opening this Sunday, April 10th, at 11am. MotoGP Champion Nicky Hayden and 1993 World GP Champion Kevin Schwantz will be on hand to sign autographs for fans, and to help Dainese celebrate the new store.

D-Store Chicago is located at 1408 N. Meacham Road, Schaumburg, IL 60173. If you can’t make it to the grand opening, regular store hours are Tuesday to Saturday from 11am to 7pm, Sunday 11am to 5pm.

D-Store Chicago
1408 N. Meacham Road
Schaumburg, IL 60173
Phone: 224-653-8232

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Valentino Rossi: Jerez Not Favorable for Ducati

valentino_Rossi_Ducati_SetupFor Valentino Rossi, there is good news and bad news about this weekend’s MotoGP race in Jerez. The good news is that Rossi is the most successful rider at the Jerez track. The bad news is that in Rossi’s opinion, the Jerez track is not favorable for the Ducati machine.

Rossi has scored six premier class wins at Jerez, the most for any MotoGP rider. But Rossi still may not be ready for the podium. Only two weeks have passed since the Qatar race, where Rossi continued to struggle with shoulder problems. This could continue to be a problem at Jerez, but Rossi is more concerned about the Ducati machine.

“From a technical point of view, Jerez doesn’t seem to have been the most favorable track for Ducati, but I’ve always liked it a lot,” Rossi said. “We’ll definitely have to try and do better than we have until now.

“For the moment, we’ll continue working on the set-up, using everything we learned in Qatar, where we found some good solutions for the race.”

Nicky Hayden is also hoping to improve upon his Qatar results. Hayden finished fourth at the Spanish GP last year, and says that Jerez is one of his favorite circuits.

“Jerez is a really unique race with a great track. It’s one of the highlights of the whole season, and because it’s the first European race, in some ways it almost feels like it’s the first race of the year all over again,” Hayden said. “It’s a track I’ve enjoyed in the past, and I definitely enjoy racing there.

“Round 1 in Qatar obviously didn’t go how we’d hoped, pretty much from the start of the weekend, so we need to just try and learn from that and go into Jerez and hopefully come out a lot stronger on Friday. Hopefully we can get up closer to the sharp end and have a bit of fun. Jerez can be a really fun weekend if you’re in the mix. We don’t really have any miracle game plan or anything crazy. We’ll just go in there and try and get a good result.”

Rossi and Hayden earned 7th and 9th place results respectively in Qatar, and haven’t been able to find the speed to keep up with the pace of the Honda machines. But team manager Vito Guareschi is eager to get back to the track and prove what the GP11 can do.

“I can’t wait to get back to the track for the next race, and to continue working on the GP11 in order to give Vale and Nicky a bike that’s as competitive as possible,” Guareschi said. “For a variety of reasons, we haven’t been able to take full advantage of the winter tests, but the Qatar race weekend allowed us to collect important data and information, and I think that the team did some great work on the setup. It’s true that at least with the 800s, Jerez hasn’t been particularly good to us, but both Valentino and Nicky like it a lot and we’ll go there ready to give our best.”

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Qatar Recap: Rossi & Hayden Happy With Ducati Effort

Valentino_Rossi_in_Qatar_RaceThe Ducati team didn’t make it to the podium last weekend in Qatar at the opening round of the 2011 MotoGP season, but Valentino Rossi, Nicky Hayden, and the Ducati team gave it their best effort.

Rossi, who finished in 7th place during the opening race, says that his shoulder is still limiting his ability. Rossi is pleased with the Ducati machine, but says that there is still room for improvement.

“For sure we’re not here to get seventh-place finishes, but there are also positive things from this race, starting with the times, because we were lapping pretty quickly,” Rossi said. “I had a great start, and that was a nice feeling because the horsepower that this bike has really helps it to launch. Then I made a small error in the first turn, which is a shame because I got stuck behind Barbera for a few laps.

“At the end of the race, I’m no longer able to ride like I have to. I’m not referring to the Ducati because even last year, after I hurt my shoulder, I had the same problems in the latter parts of the races, and since the two bikes are so different, it means that it’s really a matter of me not being physically right.

“It’s not just that. We also have to improve the bike because the others have clearly made a step forward since last year. Still, I learned a lot in this test and in this race, and we’ve already given very specific instructions about what must be done in the long term, in order to improve for the second half of the season for example. In the near term, on the other hand, we’ll work on the setup, we’ll keep gathering experience, and I’ll continue exercising and doing everything I can to recuperate physically.”

Nicky Hayden was also a little disappointed with his finish. Hayden got off to a bad start and had to fight from the back of the grid to claim 9th at the race’s end.

“I got a bad start in the race, and then when De Puniet crashed, I just about ran over him and had to come to a complete stop,” Hayden said. “I’m happy I didn’t run into him, but that was a bad break, because I was dead last with a gap to the next person.

“I started picking my way through, and once I got into ninth, I got into a decent rhythm and started doing my pace. I was trying to catch Edwards because I thought it would’ve been nice to have a last-lap race with him, but I didn’t quite get to him. It’s been a tough weekend for me on and off the track, but everybody around here is working to the maximum. They’re the first ones in and the last ones out. I can’t be happy with the ride, but I came from dead last, and my fastest lap was my last one. We’ve got a lot of work to do, but it’s just one race, and no one can say we weren’t trying.”

The Ducati team will have two weeks to get ready for the next race of the 2011 MotoGP season. The MotoGP riders will return to the grid on April 3rd in Spain.

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