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Ducati Signs Two-Year Deal with Nicky Hayden

Sunday, August 29, 2010
Ducati is pleased to announce a renewed contract with Nicky Hayden that will see the American rider stay with the Italian factory's MotoGP effort for a further two years. His signature completes a new look of the Ducati Marlboro Team line-up for 2011, which will see the 29-year-old line up alongside Valentino Rossi.
Ducati Marlboros Nicky Hayden was within a second of teammate  Casey Stoners time at the Valencia test.

Hayden, who over the past two seasons has won over the Ducatisti with his positive and determined attitude, currently lies sixth in the MotoGP World Championship standings and is confident for two successful seasons ahead, which he will tackle with his trademark enthusiasm.
Filippo Preziosi - Ducati Corse Director:
“We are really pleased that Nicky will be staying with us for the next two years. It is no secret that he is a rider who never gives up, his whole racing history shows it. As a person his tenacity is an example for us all because he shows us that nothing is impossible if you truly believe. His progress since arriving at Ducati has been impressive and I am sure this trend will continue in the future. Nicky is also a special rider because of his attention to every detail and for him having Valentino as his teammate means a huge contribution towards the development of an even more competitive motorcycle. I think it is these characteristics that have won the hearts of all the Ducatisti and that is the reason why a Ducati is the bike for him right now.”

Nicky Hayden - Ducati Marlboro Team:
"I am very proud to be signing for Ducati again. Last year I felt like I rode for Ducati but now I really feel as if I am a Ducati rider. The team, sponsors and Ducati fans have really taken me in and supported me a lot and I really hope to pay them back with the results they deserve. Next year I'll be teamed with some guy named Rossi who knows a little something about bikes! We're going to have a strong squad - I won't predict results but I have no doubt this team will have some real passion, real worth ethic and a lot of fun. It is the start of a new era at Ducati and it is an honor for me to be a part of it."

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Yamaha-Blue -Nicky on factory bikes.  October 27, 2010 10:46 AM
The only reason why Nicky is still on a factory bike is because of the $$$.
GR -Hayden... now 2nd Hopeful  August 30, 2010 11:06 AM
Nicky has been in the game for a long time now on factory equipment! He has the skill/talent/motivation but he's still missing that last 10% that the aliens (Rossi, Jorge, Stoner, Dani) has each weekend! With Ben Spies showing that he can outperform him on lesser equipment... he really needs to get a warrior's attitude and step up! The time for talk is done... with Rossi's input for Ducati... no more excuses starting next season! The poster-child is now America's second/runner-up to Ben Spies---Future American MotoGP Champion and Legend!