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Nicky Hayden Out at Ducati MotoGP in 2014

Thursday, July 18, 2013
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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Scoob   July 21, 2013 06:38 AM
I watch Moto GP to watch the best riders in the world. Nicky is one of the top ten but can't compete with the top five. Lots of luck to him.
RENDELL   July 20, 2013 11:21 AM
I think it would be very entertaining to watch Nicky return to World Superbike. Ducati is a business so I understand their perspective. At the end of the day apparently profits trump their passion.
Maxx   July 19, 2013 06:10 PM
Money or fame, he chose money. Just think if he had stayed with Honda instead of criticizing them. Oh the championships he could have had?
nuttyprof1   July 19, 2013 11:37 AM
Not sure how good Nicky really is, but what nobody can argue with is that Ducati did not give him a bike that was competitive and he tried hard and he *never* said a bad word about them or the bike (do you remember how Biaggi used to cry like a baby every time he was beaten, blaming everyone else?). Nicky is one of the best and he deserves to be on top. If I were him, given that in MotoGP you are only competitive on Honda or Yamaha, I would go to WSBK, have fun and win races.
teknic   July 19, 2013 09:14 AM
@moto-pat, don't forget that Bayliss won that sucker on a Ducati! The Ducati was shit once the MotoGP went to a single tire manufacturer. Before this, Ducati was strong because they developed a bike with Bridgestone developing a tire for them. Now, Bridgestone is creating a "general" tire for all manufacturers and Duc can't figure out how to make the bike turn, stop or grip.
moto-pat   July 19, 2013 07:44 AM
WilCon - Remember who won the race in 06 when Nicky won the championship. Troy Bayliss on a cameo appearance. I loved it. Hope Nick gets a chance to rub it in their faces too. He has stuck with them on a POS bike for to long. Good bye duc. GO NICK!!!
MotoFreak   July 19, 2013 07:43 AM
All american (Spies and Hayden) Suzuki team for 2014...oh wait Suzuki cant seem to get the bike ready till 2015.......How about TECH 3 All American Team !
GhostRider11   July 19, 2013 04:47 AM
Ducati sucks A$$... They lost Vale and now they are kicking Hayden to the curb! Ducati sucks at showing loyalty. I hope Hayden gets a decent ride on something other than a Ducati whether it be in MotoGP or WSB. This is why I trade my 848evo. smh.
WilCon   July 19, 2013 03:45 AM
Nicky went toe to toe with Rossi and won the 2006 championship at the last round by beating Rossi straight up for the title. It came down to who finished ahead of the other guy and Nicky passed Rossi at the start, bumped shoulders and motored away to win that title. This was after Nicky's team mate took him out the round before. That my friend is character and handling the pressure. Nicky also outran and out qualified Rossi while he was at Ducati. MotoGP will lose a lot of fans without Hayden.
Thewall67   July 18, 2013 06:38 PM
Nicky did more and worked harder for Ducati than Ducati did for him. They never gave him a good bike to ride and he NEVER had a bad thing to say and always gave it 110%. Class act and they were lucky to have him. Hope he gets a good ride for 2014.
bobthemailman   July 18, 2013 05:46 PM
can't blame ducati. results? even the year he won the title he had what? three firsts? c'mon
coolestartist   July 18, 2013 05:33 PM
I hope he wins at Laguna then tells Ducati to "stick it".
Brian426v   July 18, 2013 04:36 PM
One more reason to stop watching MotoGP