2. Nicky Sets Pole at Laguna

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While everybody’s happy to see Nicky Hayden in the World Supebike paddock, nobody is expecting much out of him on the old and tired Honda CBR1000RR (a.k.a. Fireblade for our international readers). This is a good situation to be in if you ask me. Nicky’s talent isn’t in doubt, so poor results will be blamed primarily on the bike (assuming of course Nicky’s teammate, Michael van der Mark, also has poor finishes), and good results will be down to Hayden’s determination.

Continuing that theme, I’ll go ahead and put this out there: Nicky Hayden is going to set pole position at his home round: Laguna Seca – the only U.S. stop on the calendar. We saw what he did there during the early years of his MotoGP career, so why not expand that to his WSBK career, too. Winning the race is out of the question (I’m not completely delusional), but I think he’ll be able to muster one banzai lap to please the home crowd.

  • Old MOron

    So Trizz, lot’s of good talking points here. I didn’t know of all the teams and riders coming over from Moto GP and Moto 2. It’s hard to be privateer in Grand Prix. I hope they have more favorable odds in WSBK.

    Speaking of people coming over from Moto GP, I hope you’re right about Nicky and Laguna Seca. I saw him win there in Moto GP. But he and VDMark will be sitting on a nail this year. Honda hasn’t updated the Fireblade since when?

    The new R1 didn’t fare particularly well in the MOronic shootout. Did it? Of course WSBK and the production bike have little in common. I hope the bike works well for Guinters. I’ve always like him. I maintain a subscription to motogp.com, and I remember years ago they did interviews with all the riders, asking them to describe themselves. Guinters was the only one who considered himself lucky. I thought that was a genuine perspective.

    • TroySiahaan

      I was also at Laguna when Nicky first won there in MotoGP. Definitely a cool memory of mine. I know even my pole position prediction for him was optimistic, but a boy can dream, ya’know? As for the Fireblade, if memory serves me correctly I think it was last updated in 1964.

      I think Yamaha is in a good position right now. They have good riders, and being the first year with the new R1, mediocre results will be attributed to learning the ropes, and good results will just be a bonus. The pressure will be on Yamaha next year, though.

  • Old MOron

    The Hondas are surprising me at the PI test. Or maybe it’s not the Hondas, but their riders, Nicky and VDM.

    • TroySiahaan

      Definitely the riders, not the bike.

      • Old MOron

        Sheesh, young VDM put in a good run last night. Maybe Nicky, in his wisdom, doesn’t want to take too much risk right from the beginning. We’ll see how race two goes.

      • Old MOron

        Wow, two podia in two races. VDM is showing some sack. PI is a special track, though.