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
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
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