Thursday, July 18, 2013

Nicky Hayden to leave Ducati Team at end of year

Nicky Hayden has confirmed that he has not been retained by Ducati Team for the 2014 MotoGP™ season. The Former 2006 World Champion with Repsol Honda broke the news Thursday at the pre-race press conference at Leguna Seca.  Hayden has been with the Ducati Team since 2009 making this his fifth and final year with the team.
"I’m not coming back to Ducati in MotoGP next year," Hayden declared. "I’m not really sure what I’m going to do. I’ve got some options that are interesting."

Hayden is uncertain of his future, when pushed about whether he will ride the premier class or another motorcycle championship his reply was “of course MotoGP is where my heart is, but I’ve got to weigh up the options. Unfortunately results haven’t gone as planned over the years, but it is what it is." An upbeat Hayden has this to say about Laguna “It’s nice to be going home to Laguna, which is a race that I lover and that’s obviously very special to me.”
Personally I think Nicky still has some fuel in the tank and given the right bike could get some wins. I believe Nicky works hard and contributed a ton of information and experience on how to make the bike better but really if Hayden and Rossi cannot win it must be the bike!   I understand this is a business but it is sad to see when an athlete puts so much in and the manufacture walks away, no loyalty in sports today.

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