Alberto Puig: “Nicky Hayden Never Knew How to Set-up A Bike”
However, one of the most interesting statements of Dani's manager unveiled that the tension between the two Repsol Honda riders may be caused by the fact that Hayden used to copy Pedrosa's motorcycle settings in order to configure his bike.
“All I can say is that Hayden may be bothered because now he can´t access information and telemetry data from Dani's bike. With this information he was able to improve his riding, as he had all of Dani's references and now he can't use that any longer. He was simply copying as he never knew how to set-up a bike,” Alberto Puig explained for the source mentioned above. “A professional rider can't be complaining because he can't get access to the other rider's data, because finding what works best is his job, not the other rider's,” he continued.
Just a quick note about this fact: Dani Pedrosa has a weight of 51 kg and a height of 160cm while his teammate has 69 kg and 173cm respectively. Taking into account these differences, how did Nicky Hayden manage to reach the sixth place and to gather 131 points if he used Pedrosa's bike settings?
Getting back to the interview, after clarifying this matter, Alberto Puig also talked about Dani Pedrosa's evolution who had an excellent start of the season but lost the control over the situation and was relegated to the third position. “Dani began the season still recovering from recent surgery; even like this, he was leading the World Championship when we got to Germany (July´s Alice Motorrad Grand Prix Deutschland),” Puig explained.
“Another crash and another operation midway through the season broke his rhythm and that´s when the outlook changed. He lost a lot of points in just a few races and then lost his chance to fight for the title,” he concluded.