Hayden to Stay at Ducati for 2010


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11:02am EST — According to the MotoGP official website (and its Twitter account) Nicky Hayden will continue to race for Ducati in the 2010 season.  Much discussion was made regarding Hayden’s poor performance this season on a bike that appeared to refuse to perform well for anyone but Casey Stoner, but Hayden finished third this past weekend at his home race in Indianapolis.  However, there is some fear that Stoner will not return in 2010 after sitting out three races this season with a severe illness.  In this case, one would presume that Hayden’s improving mastery of the bike would be better than the other options, even hard-charging Dani Pedrosa.  Also, Hayden does not seem to come in a package with often-demanding manager Alberto Puig, as does Pedrosa.

Regarding the extended one-year contract, Ducati general manager Claudio Domenicali said, “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 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.”  The MotoGP silly season is winding down, with the factory teams of Yamaha, Honda, Ducati, and Suzuki having filled their teams for the 2010 season.  Only a few satellite teams remain to announce their 2010 contracts.

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