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I don't think anyone is spouting "conspiracy," as it is quite EVIDENT and completely FACTUAL that Nicky Hayden IS testing a bike that HRC didn't believe would be higher than sixth or seventh. Tadayuki Okada, who's working on the 800cc development program with Honda said, "I never expected Nicky to be in the top five with our bike today."
In that case, I don't think anyone would be saying, given that information, "Oh, Honda is sabotaging Nicky by not giving him parts." I think we'd be THANKING them for giving him the best chance of winning this year, allowing him to ride a bike he WANTS to ride. Biaggi was clearly upset over developing the bike last year; Nicky has been more diplomatic and has made every effort to not rankle HRC.
HRC did NOT bring out that package because they thought it would work, as evident by Okada's quote. Nicky and his crew are doing their best to give him the best setup on race day, but as evident at races like Donnington, they just couldn't get the bike to fly in the dry.
And while it's great that Honda's pursuit of technological superiority is great, I think the criticism is that it sucks that Hayden, who seems to be a great rider, with great talent, who's on the cusp of really coming into his own, not being in a veteran's shadow anymore and finally being HRC's #1 rider, that he can really do it this year.
And let me just add, it's a testament of how great a rider he is to be where he's at, not just #1 with HRC, but #1 in MotoGP right now, to take a hodge-podge bike and be where he is. He's definitely mentioned he's riding with a bit more of a chip on his shoulder, particularly because so many are expecting him not to reach the potential he was labeled with coming into GP.
With that said, Laguna is going to be awesome this year and I hope that HRC gives him every, EVERY, chance to repeat and retain his crown at Laguna!
"Itīs not easier to ride, but I donīt need something easier, I need something faster." - Nicky Hayden #69
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