Ducati to investigate Hayden engine failure
15 October 2013 – Ducati has confirmed that Nicky Hayden’s engine will be sent back to the factory in Bologna to be analysed by the Corse technicians after it failed during the MotoGP event in Malaysia last weekend.
Despite starting from the fourth row, Hayden did well early on in Sepang and had climbed to eighth place by the third lap.
Unfortunately though, his bike suffered an engine problem at the end of lap eight and he had to retire.
“We’ve already sent Nicky’s engine to Bologna to be checked by the racing department, so we should soon know the real cause of the problem that occurred in the race,” said Paolo Ciabatti, Ducati’s MotoGP project director. “It’s a shame because Hayden had done a good warm-up session and was also having a good race, fighting with [Bradley] Smith.”
Hayden meanwhile was similarly disappointed to start the three flyaways with a DNF: “It’s a real shame because on Saturday before FP4, the team made a good step with the bike. I didn’t ride well in qualifying, but on Sunday morning I was able to go faster than I had all weekend and had a pretty decent pace,” he added.
“In the race, I started eleventh but was able to move up a few spots and was having the best race I’ve had in a while. I was pulling away from [Andrea] Dovizioso [my team-mate] pretty well and had just closed onto the back of Bradley. He was a little faster than I was in a few places, but I was better in some other spots.
“Just as I tipped it into the last corner though, I heard a strange noise. I was hoping it was something on his bike, but when I opened the gas it was clear it was me. We need to let the engineers check out the engine to see what the problem was.
“It’s just a shame for me and the team to start the three-week trip this way,” he reiterated.