Ducati feels like home for the Kentucky Kid
London: Ducati have a MotoGP bike that can win races and it is now up to the riders to deliver, American Nicky Hayden said.
The 2006 world champion, in his second season as Australian Casey Stoner`s team mate, was hoping Sunday`s British Grand Prix at Silverstone might bring at least a first podium finish of 2010.
"Our bike is capable of winning races this year, we haven`t put it together," he told reporters at Lord`s cricket ground where he was filmed trying his hand with the bat and enjoying afternoon tea and scones.
"A couple of the races Casey crashed out of he had a good shot to win, so I believe our bike is good enough to win," added Hayden.
"We have the potential. It`s not the bike keeping us from it. Sure we can improve the bike, and maybe it`s not the dominant bike, but our package is strong."
The `Kentucky Kid` was only a baby when the former World War Two airfield last hosted a motorcycle grand prix in 1986 but he welcomed the chance to test his machine on a circuit unfamiliar to all.
Having learnt his skills on dirt tracks in the United States, in constantly changing conditions, so a new layout was not going to faze the Owensboro-born rider.
"It could be a little bit more wide open, especially in the Friday qualifying," he said. "But normally I`d think in the race the same guys are going to be at the front.”
"It`s exciting for our sport to come to a new place...it`s a big challenge and I like it a lot. I wish we went every year to at least one or two new tracks."