I believe he means it. He said in an interview awhile back early this year that his favorite tracks are Aragon and COTA.
I'll probably be flamed for saying this by the Hayden die-hard fans...but Nicky's been on the down slope, past his peak since 2009. I'm surprised he's been in it for as long as he has. Being at Ducati hasn't really helped, but even on equal bikes, I highly doubt Hayden would finish in the top 5...on any track! Top 10 sure, but out of the current crop when you have guys like Marquez, Rossi, Lorenzo, Pedrosa, Espargaro bros, Bradl, Bautista, Redding...I'm just not seeing him be quite at that level. Great guy, but his time has passed quite some time ago. And to be honest he made it to the top, he has had a phenomenal career, and has nothing to be ashamed of! From a small POS town in Kentucky, racing some shit bikes on the weekends with his brothers, to being a MotoGP world champion riding for HRC and Ducati...who can complain?? Hats off to him, but it's time to let a youngster take your spot now.I'm afraid I have a bit of a sinking feeling about Nicky's future.
There is obviously a trend now to get younger riders into the MotoGP saddles earlier in their careers, and the likes of Edwards and Hayden are going to have to step aside.
I agree. Racers need to know they're place. Look at Karel Abraham...he's basically racing in MotoGP for as long as he wants because he (or his dad) are paying loads of money for it. But he's not good enough to win, or even finish a race in the top 10.Dedication , commitment, and character didn't win them very many (if any) races , after all it is about winning right , and there time has long past and even then very unrealistic. That's why I say there pride kept them in the "big league" , heaven forbid they go back to little superbikes. Lol
I think they hurt themselves. It's a shame , great talent on unproductive bikes.