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Oct 18, 2018

Life As A Championship-Winning Crew Chief: Pete Benson, The Kiwi Kingmaker

Crew Chief To The Stars Pete Benson and Nicky Hayden during 2006, Hayden's World Championship year. Photo by DPPI.



        “I got along really well with Nicky right from the start--we built up a good rapport quite quickly. He had a work ethic like no one else. If you told him he had 120 laps of testing today he'd go, 'Yeah, no problem,' and he'd do it... 

          "When things went wrong and he had a bad day, he’d get over it and come back the next day and get on with it. And it didn’t matter how good or bad things were. When he got on the bike, there was a switch that got him all focused on riding …

--MotoGP Crew Chief Pete Benson, on his time working with Nicky Hayden

MotoGP Editor Mat Oxley interviews Pete Benson as he reflects on his long career as a mechanic and crew chief working with some of the most talented racers in history, including racing superstars Mick Doohan, Valentino Rossi, Nicky Hayden, and others; in the October 2018 issue of Roadracing World.


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