Fast MotoGP News: Nicky Hayden yet Uncertain for Misano, Ducati Interested in Scott Redding

It’s still not 100 percent sure whether Nicky Hayden will be able to make a comeback at Misano, himself told his fans and supporters by means of social media. He has already missed two races after his last wrist surgery, and had to entrust his Drive M7 Aspar production Racer Honda to Leon Camier, who seems very comfortable at the helm, especially as he even managed to earn his first MotoGP point in the Czech Republic GP on August 17.
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The Kentucky Kid says that doctors are checking his recovery progress constantly, and their last visit returned heartening result, with pleasing results for both the healing of the surgery and wrist movement.

After team Aspar confirmed Camier for the Silverstone, it became official that they are not willing to cut corners with Hayden’s recovery and force an early return on the track. Still, Hayden is not promising anything to his fans, and prefers to be rather reserved: “My doctors I have visited this week - he said - They examined the wrist and the movement of the joint and are quite happy with what I was told. I'm still not 100% and I'll have to skip another race, but it seems that the doctors’ green light may come for Misano or Aragon.”

In Ducati’s camp, things are still iffy as far as the second rider in the Pramac satellite team is concerned… and all thanks to Cal Crutchlow. After initially agreeing to stay with Ducati for the 2015, Cutchlow made a radical decision and went for Lucio Cecchinello’s LCR Honda team, forcing Ducati to employ Pramac’s Andrea Iannone as their second factory driver. That left Yonny Hernandez Pramac’s only rider and the team with a riderless bike.

However, not all the riders on the grid now have secured their upcoming contracts, and it looks like Scott Redding will play part in the Ducati scheme. Redding currently has a deal with Honda, as part of the Gresini team, but he was very vocal in demanding that Honda equips his bike with Ohlins and Brembo hardware next year, instead of the Showa and Nissin his current bike uses for suspensions and brakes, respectively.

Redding was quite explicit in saying that he really needs factory-spec gear to allow him to perform better. He is currently 12th in the world standing with 45 points, behind team mate Alvaro Bautista, who has 56. However, compared to the Spaniard’s experience, Redidng’s performance is better, and this appears to allow him to demand more from his team and from Honda.

Unfortunately, team Gresini is in a bit of financial trouble, with sponsor GO&FUN apparently not faring too well and rumored to pull out of MotoGP. This leaved Fausto Gresini in a rather tight spot, trying to retain the Honda satellite machine as it is, let alone upgrading to higher-spec parts, provided Honda would agree to give up at least a part of the development work its subsidiaries Showa and Nissin put up on the race track with these bikes.

Ducati’s Paolo Ciabbati knows this very well and openly said that the informed Redding’s manager about Borgo Panigale’s job opportunity. And it also looks like Ducati would not make too much of a drama supplying Redding with a factory bike: they were ready to field a third factory bike for Iannone after Crutchlow said he would remain for the 2015 season.
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