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Hayden Keeps 2010 Ducati MotoGP Ride

Thursday, September 3, 2009
Hayden is sporting a new faux hawk haircut this weekend.
After a lot of speculation if Hayden would continue to race for Ducati, he will be offically sticking with the Italian marque in MotoGP for 2010.
Ducati Corse is hereby pleased to announce that Nicky Hayden will sign a one year extension to his current agreement and will line up alongside Casey Stoner in the Ducati Marlboro Team for 2010.

“The confirmation of Nicky is the right reward to a rider who has shown to perfectly embody the frame of mind that characterizes Ducati - Passion, Determination and Commitment.” said Claudio Domenicali, Ducati Motor Holding General Manager. “We have always considered Nicky to be an important asset to the Ducati 2010 strategy and we are very happy that he will remain in the Ducati Marlboro Team. His progression through the season has been constant up to the podium in Indianapolis and we are certain that the experience he has gained will be decisive for a 2010 season full of success”

“This has been a very good week and this news just adds to that,” commented Nicky Hayden. “After the good result in Indy, now to renew the deal with Ducati is exactly what I wanted. I’m very happy. I always had faith and believed that we could achieve good results. I’m excited for these last five races of the 09 season, and if you look at the progression we have made from the start of the season to the middle, hopefully we will continue this through to the end. I just wish to say a big thanks to all the guys who made this happen, especially everybody in Ducati as well as all our sponsors and I’m sure I’ll be able to do a good job next year and to continue to build with, and be part of, the Ducati family”.

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R&d Rid&r -Finally!  September 3, 2009 01:56 PM
Ducati makes a sound decision for once. Signing riders year after year without the benefit of more experience on the beast made absolutely no sense. Nicky deserves to keep his factory ride. Also, I agree with 'theunderground' that it would look really ridiculous to put him out to pasture after making a production bike with his name on it.
MV Man -Nicky  September 3, 2009 11:11 AM
Good for him and good for us! It looks like Stoner and Nick are the only guys with the balls to ride that thing in it's present state.
theunderground -good business  September 3, 2009 09:31 AM
Don't get me wrong, I'm not a "player hater" and am happy for Nicky in re-signing with Ducati. It's win-win for everyone. In the end, factory racing is about many things; two of which are to advertise the brand and develop technology. Nicky is a very good play for advertising in the US. He doesn't win much, makes podium generally by default of faster riders pulling out for one reason or another, cursed with an abominable accent, but by-golly he's good looking and makes a good poster-boy for business. Heck, Ducati just came out with a Nicky version of their superbike. Letting him go just after you named a production bike after him is probably not a good marketing decision.