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You're right. It was in wet conditions, so you can't really what the judge top speed from those conditions. Funny how you say, "I am not talking about Nicky here, rather the machinery," and then go a list a bunch of riders names, including Nicky. Here's what I'm talking about:
HONDA: 281 km/h (Nicky); 279 km/h (Andrea); avg. 274 km/h (Gresini)
DUCATI: 279 km/h (Stoner); 277 km/h (Melandri); 281 km/h (Elias); 277 km/h (Guintoli)
YAMAHA: 282 km/h (Rossi); 276 km/h (Lorenzo); 274 km/h (Toseland)
These were the speeds from FP4, on drier conditions. Hmm, doesn't look too bad from Honda, especially since only Nicky and Dani are really used to running the standard engine. Incidentally, Hayden's SCORCHER was done with the conventional valved engine.
By the way, this is the same engine that Dani Pedrosa passed Stoner with down the Valencia straight at the end of the 2007 season, straight up, not even in his draft. Honda ain't hurting on power. Would they want more? Sure. All riders want more power. But it ain't hurtin'.
And buddy, Hayden's time on a qualifier... more than HALF a second faster than Dani's pole from last year. And certainly fast enough, during this official test to garner the circuit's FASTEST/BEST lap. Can't deny the record books, still faster than Capirex on a 990. And his real pace: 1'41.2 (good for 5th), but he's also leading the 16" tire tests for Michelin, which isn't a great tire yet.
"Itīs not easier to ride, but I donīt need something easier, I need something faster." - Nicky Hayden #69
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