Nicky Hayden will leave Ducati Team at end of the season

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Former MotoGP World Champion will not renew contract with Italian manufacturer

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.

Nicky Hayden

Hayden, who won the title with Repsol Honda in 2006 ahead of Valentino Rossi, joined the Ducati team in 2009 and has a total of 3 MotoGP wins, 6 second place finishes and was 19 times on the third step of the podium with an overall total of 28 rostrum finishes. His last podium in MotoGP was a third place finish at the Spanish GP in Jerez in 2011.

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.

Nicky Hayden, Ducati Team
Nicky Hayden, Ducati Team

Photo by: Ducati Corse

Speaking to Motogp.com Hayden said, “I’m not coming back to Ducati in MotoGP next year. I’m not really sure what I’m going to do. I’ve got some options that are interesting. I’m not sure Repsol Honda’s going to come and knock on my door and of course MotoGP is where my heart is, but I’ve got to weigh up the options. Unfortunately results haven’t gone as planned over the years, but it is what it is."

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.

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