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Forward Racing team courts Hayden and Rea for MotoGP 2014

Forward Racing team courts Hayden and Rea for MotoGP 2014 | Ductalk: What's Up In The World Of Ducati | Scoop.it

Forward Racing is courting a host of new riders for the team's 2014 privateer Yamaha bikes, according its owner Giovanni Cuzari.He told the official MotoGP website that in addition to present riders Colin Edwards and Claudio Corti, he is "speaking with Nicky Hayden, Aleix Espargaro and Jonathan Rea. Rea has also been linked with a 2014 Production Honda ride, while Hayden is on the wishlist of the LCR team to ride the new Production (privateer) Honda.


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Vicki Smith for Ducati.net's insight:

This is what I heard all weekend so I have reason to believe this is correct.  I still don't grasp why the lure of the mid GP paddock would be stronger than the potential of a long happy career as a brand ambassador with Ducati as a SBK rider and eventual "elder statesman". The depth of his Ducati fan base is fairly bottomless, building a new one at Yamaha or rebuilding one at Honda will be difficult.  I suspect he's going to miss all that love. Of course I'm not exactly unbiased.....

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Elton Alwine's comment, August 21, 2013 9:51 PM
I completely agree. While I have almost forgotten about World Superbike the past few years I would almost certainly watch again with Nicky on a Panigale as I would begin to lose interest in MotoGP and its increasingly pro-Spanish onslaught. Why would Nicky want to be like Colin Edwards, fighting for 15th place every weekend?
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