A tragic loss to the bik­ing world

Suc­cumbed to his in­juries came too late for a full trib­ute in this week’s MCN. The presses were al­ready rolling as news broke but we were able to make a few small changes to re­flect the tragedy. Nat­u­rally we will pub­lish a full obit­u­ary and trib­ute with n

Motorcycle News (UK) - - This Week -

Nicky Hay­den was one of the good guys, you can ask any­one and the mes­sages of support that poured from all quar­ters of the bik­ing world after his ac­ci­dent in Italy are proof that no­body had a bad word to say about him.

It’s rare in any sport for some­one to reach the very top and yet stay friends with his fel­low com­peti­tors and ri­vals.

The words of Valentino Rossi sum it up best: “a great tal­ent and al­ways at the top; but more im­por­tantly, he is a great guy. Nicky is one of the best friends I’ve ever had in the pad­dock.”

News that Nicky had

In the mean­time MCN would like to of­fer its con­do­lences to the Hay­den fam­ily and to Nicky’s friends around the world.

Farewell champ, and thanks for all the great rac­ing over the years. You’ll be missed by fans of mo­tor­cy­cle sport all around the world. ANDY CALTON

Whit a great day out

I re­cently com­pleted a track ex­pe­ri­ence with James Whitham in An­gle­sey and want to thank ev­ery­one in­volved for pro­vid­ing a fan­tas­tic cou­ple of days. The feed­back from the pro­fes­sional rid­ers – James him­self, Steve Bro­gan, Davo John­son and Taz Macken­zie – was amaz­ing and re­ally helped ev­ery­one to im­prove their track rid­ing in a re­laxed en­vi­ron­ment with plenty of laughs and track time. A spe­cial thanks to the un­sung he­roes, the mar­shals and the am­bu­lance staff (who picked my bike and me up a cou­ple of times when my tyres went off!). To spend time with top names in rac­ing, and see an­other side of them was en­light­en­ing, John­son even took the time to help me jump start my car at the end of the day! Si­mon, Malvern, email

Re­turn ticket…

Fol­low­ing the less than stel­lar per­for­mance of the Cres­cent Suzuki at the NW200, I hope they had the pres­ence of mind to book flexi re­turns on the Steam Packet. Just say­ing. John Shaw, Bal­ly­clare

Strange chain of events

Not long ago I bought a used Honda CB600. The bike was clean and ran well, but after a few weeks the tim­ing chain started to rat­tle. I did some re­search and de­cided to fit an orig­i­nal chain ten­sioner. Suc­cess, the rat­tle was gone. A few weeks later it started to reap­pear. Think­ing I’d done some­thing wrong I de­cided to re­place the ten­sioner again as the chain it­self looked perfect. Again the rat­tle was gone. A few weeks later and the rat­tle was back so we de­cided to take a closer look. Once re­moved the chain ap­peared to be in near-perfect con­di­tion but we or­dered a new one any­way. When it ar­rived we were puz­zled. The chain was the right length but it was thin­ner than the one we took off. As far as we can as­sume, at some stage the orig­i­nal must have been re­placed by one from a CB1000. While this chain fit­ted it was wandering across the sprock­ets. Bot­tom line is, no mat­ter how dili­gent you are at check­ing some­thing, the un­ex­pected can hap­pen. Richard, Ayles­bury

A Lowes blow

That move by Alex Lowes on Eugene Laverty at Imola was car­ried out with­out care. FIM World Su­per­bike Rule 1.21.2 reads: “Rid­ers must ride in a re­spon­si­ble man­ner which does not cause dan­ger to other com­peti­tors or par­tic­i­pants ei­ther on the track or in the pit lane”. On ev­ery pre­vi­ous lap Laverty had his knee over the white line at the apex of that cor­ner. When Lowes took his line, not only was he well away from the apex, he pushed

Laverty to the mid­dle of the track. In my opin­ion Lowes should have been pe­nalised – as he was a few years ago when he took Shakey out. Don Mag­ill, email

Cam’s the man

If there was a man of the match for World Su­per­bikes it would surely have to go to Leon Camier. Week in, week out, the boy is rid­ing the wheels off that MV. Not tak­ing any­thing away from his team, how is he not get­ting a more com­pet­i­tive ride? The guy is awe­some and ca­pa­ble of win­ning. Chris Matthews, email

Su­per­sport’s a thriller

Hav­ing toured Europe on a mix of sports tour­ers and last year in lux­ury on a BMW 1200RT, we re­alised some­thing was miss­ing, no longer did our bike say ‘come on, you know you want to’. It was time to look for an al­ter­na­tive which after read­ing MCN tests re­sulted in us pick­ing up the new Du­cati Su­per­sport S. What a bike! My wife and I smiled all the 140 miles home and are still grin­ning! Big thanks to Du­cati Leeds who gave us a five-star cus­tomer ser­vice. Dave Beat­tie, email

What a North West!

What a su­perb first time at the NW200 – the peo­ple, the rac­ing, the weather (it must be the first time any­one has come back from North­ern Ire­land with a tan!). Big re­spect to the rac­ers and or­gan­is­ers for an amaz­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. Many thanks to Trevor Moore for tak­ing us over after we got in touch via MCN’S let­ters page. We’re al­ready booked for next year. Plus, speedy re­cov­ery to John Mcguin­ness. Ron Minchin, Bas­ingstoke

Pil­ing on the miles

Three friends and I have just got back from a three-week tour of France, Spain and Morocco. 4587 miles door-to-door so well over tar­get for #ride5000miles this year and it’s only May. We have an­other trip to France ar­ranged for in July! The picture (above) was taken on Tizi n Test Pass, At­las Moun­tains. Tim Jones, Ec­cle­shall

What an id­iot…

I spot­ted a Har­ley parked next to me to­day with the keys left in it. On the plus side, they’d turned the key to ‘lock’ – most in­surance poli­cies don’t cover you for theft un­less you have the steer­ing lock en­gaged. No won­der my pre­mi­ums are so high! Martin Wel­bank, email

I’ve blown a fuse!

Stop all this blither­ing about electric mon­strosi­ties. The ad­vances in petrol en­gines have been stag­ger­ing and de­vel­op­ment con­tin­ues, be­lieve it or not. Will the sales per­sons of Cal­i­for­nia be sell­ing to the Air Force? “Well if you put it in eco-mode you can fly to Glas­gow on one charge but if you want to dog-fight a MIG it will only last for 10 min­utes... a new lithium-ion bat­tery only costs £90,000 but you can con­fig­ure the modes with your iphone”. You do re­alise that lithium is pre­scribed to manic-de­pres­sives? I rest my case. Marc Wors­fold, email

‘Week in, week out, Leon Camier is rid­ing the wheels off that MV’

France, Spain and Morocco… Tim Jones and friends chase the miles

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