Nicky Hayden will get another year to understand and hopefully dial in the Ducati Desmosedici GP09, as Ducati decided to extend the American’s contract for the 2010 MotoGP season. Hayden had struggled for the greater part of his debut season with the team, seemingly adding his name to the list of riders unable to come to terms with the bike that only Casey Stoner has managed to handle. However, Hayden’s work ethic and determination are unquestionable (he has often been the rider who has turned the most laps at practice days), and his efforts have been slowly bearing fruit, culminating in the Kentucky native’s third place finish last weekend at the Red Bull Indy GP, his best finish to date.
“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.”
Hayden will now have another...
Hayden will now have another year to help get the Ducati Desmosedici dialed in to his riding style. His third place finish at Indy last weekend was his best placing so far this season.
“This has been a very good week and this news just adds to that,” said 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”.
The contract extension means that Hayden won’t have to be thinking about his immediate future in the remaining five races of the ’09 season, unlike many riders in the MotoGP paddock. There are still quite a few rides that haven’t been settled yet.