Nicky Hayden has revealed he will not be racing with the Ducati Team in 2014 with the 2006 MotoGP World Champion making a statement at the official MotoGP press conference on Thursday 18th July ahead of this weekend’s Red Bull US Grand Prix at the Mazda Raceway Laguna Seca.
I’m not coming back to Ducati in MotoGP next year. I’m not really sure what I’m going to do.
Speaking at the press conference, the ‘Kentucky Kid’ said while he knew that he would part ways with Ducati at the end of the year, he has yet to confirm where his future lies. Ironically, Hayden confirmed his departure from his current employers at the same track where he won his first ever Grand Prix in 2005. The ever-jovial American even joked about a return to his Championship winning team when he made the announcement.
While Ducati have another year with Andrea Dovizioso on contract, the team is yet to confirm who the second rider will be but rumours are rife that the seat could be filled by British rider Cal Crutchlow who is heavily impressing everyone this year on his satellite Monster Yamaha Tech 3 machine or current Moto2 rider Scott Redding could also take the seat.