Nicky Hayden Out at Ducati MotoGP in 2014

July 18, 2013
Adam Waheed
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Today the Ducati MotoGP team confirmed that it will not retain Nicky Hayden’s services for the 2014 season. Hayden, 31, has been part of the Ducati factory team for the last four seasons but has only netted three podium finishes. His best finishing placement in World Championship points was 2010 (seventh place).

“I’m not coming back to Ducati in MotoGP. They chose to go in a different way,” said Hayden during Thursday’s press conference from California’s Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.

As of now Hayden doesn’t have a ride lined up in any series but hopes to stay in MotoGP next season.

“This is the biggest show in the world,” Hayden said. “But I don’t want to just stay here on a bike and try and get a point here and there. I’m going to take in all the options, weigh em’ out, see which one I’m most excited about and see what one sounds like the most fun. If that be MotoGP sure… but I’m not sure Repsol is going to come knocking on my door for one of those spots [laughs].”

“I do have a couple of good options that are interesting,” he continued. “I still love racing bikes and still think I’ve got a lot to give.”

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