MotoGP: no Ducati factory seat for Hayden. Is Nicky moving to Superbike?
Fans of Nicholas or Nicky Hayden, the professional motorcycle racer and former World Champion, are going to be utterly disappointed at the MotoGP next year in 2014 because Hayden or the ‘Kentucky Kid’ will not be a part of the Ducati team. Nicky has been with Ducati for a period of five years now, however it was reported in the German MotoGP last week that the Ducati factory team will not be renewing his contract. Even though Ducati may not be giving him a new contract, they still want to be associated with the 2006 MotoGP World Champion as they as contemplating of offering him a Ducati 1199R Panigale in the World Superbikes series.
With Hayden out of the team, there is a new factory seat available in Ducati factory next year. Thus, speculations are doing rounds as to who would be given the seat. Another hot topic pertaining to the Ducati factory at the moment is the position of Cal Crutchlow in MotoGP in 2014 because his relationship with Ducati already bears a lot of damage due to issues relating to contracts and offers in 2012.
Last month, in an interview with Crash, Nicky didn’t spill any beans but simply retorted with a seemingly diplomatic answer saying that he love the factory Ducati team and therefore he thinks that they will eventually get it right and win. He also added that his plan is to remain in MotoGP. However, things have took a complete 180 degree turn when Nicky spoke something different last weekend at Sachsenring. Nicky stated that he had received contract from Superbike teams and that he is interested in the same. He also added fuel to the fire by saying that he would have preferred to stay in MotoGP provided he has the right team and bike with him, but at the moment, it does not ‘look good’. And since he has made his intentions about continuing racing very clear therefore he also pointed out that he has to look elsewhere.
Since Hayden has very limited options in case of MotoGP therefore he did the next best thing: switch over to the World Superbike Championship. The ‘Kentucky Kid’ has been a massive force for Ducati as far as the US market is concerned. Therefore, after five long years of association with the factory Ducati it would be interesting to see how factory Ducati would fare without him. Until then, we can only anticipate with bated breaths!
By Editorial Staff RTR Sports Pictures from the web