Wednesday, September 10, 2008

MotoGP: Nicky Hayden to ride for Ducati in 2009


For Nicky Hayden, in 2009, it's bye-bye Honda, hello Ducati...!

Yes, well, the rumour seems to have finally been confirmed – the Kentucky Kid is joining Ducati for the 2009 season. An official statement regarding this is likely to be issued by Hayden’s management on this weekend.

Hayden, who won the MotoGP world championship in 2006 – the last of the 990cc era – hasn’t been doing very well since then. Whether it’s his riding style that didn’t gel with the 800s, or whether Honda optimized the RC212V for a certain Mr Pedrosa, no one will ever know. But the fact remains that the 2007 and 2008 MotoGP seasons have seen poor performances from Hayden.

We’re actually a bit surprised that Ducati are taking on Hayden to ride alongside Stoner. Would a move from Honda to Ducati suddenly, magically, transform Nicky’s riding? We’re not too sure. And to be honest, we think Hayden may prove to be another Melandri on that factory Ducati, which seems to deliver results only in the hands of one Casey Stoner.

In fact – and we’ll stick our necks out on this one – if Sete Gibernau does indeed make his MotoGP comeback next year, and gets to ride a Ducati, he might do better than the Kentucky Kid on that GP9. (Gibernau may get a Ducati ride if Ducati decide to run a fifth bike. This is likely to be with a satellite team headed by Angel Nieto.)

On the other hand, with JIR Honda rider Andrea Dovizioso joining the factory Repsol Honda team in 2009 to ride alongside Dani Pedrosa, Honda will have two strong riders next year, both of whom would have the potential to do very well in the championship. Oh yes, the 2009 MotoGP season will be a cracker…

Also see:
Huge collection of MotoGP wallpaper...
Desmosedici RR: For the love of Ducati...
First pics: 2009 Yamaha YZF-R6...
2009 Yamaha YZF-R1: First pics, details, video...
2009 Honda CBR600RR unveiled...
2009 Honda Fireblade gets C-ABS!
Ohlins electronic suspension comes to WSBK Yamaha R1s...
Motorcycle racing is stressful...
Schwantz-replica Lucky Strike Suzuki GSX-R750...

Elsewhere today:
The Nicky Hayden general store. No, really...!

11 comments:

Tim said...

Why the hate for Nicky? He's got as many motoGP championships as Stoner and one more than Div, Pedro or Sete.

Iben Hakenluggis said...

Methinks the Honda factory and the product produced for Hayden might have had something do do with his lackluster performance this year....YMMV

Anonymous said...

This is a joke. I don't understand why Ducati is hiring Hayden. Isn't it quite clear by now that Hayden is past his prime?

zip91 said...

Hayden is a damp squib ex-champ. He may have won the 2006 motogp world championship but that was more because of rossi's bad luck rather than hayden's own talent. best of luck to you ducati, because you'll need lots of luck in 2009

Anonymous said...

it's a disgrace honda never gave nicky the machine he deserved. nicky is a world champ, pedrosa isn't. and yet honda guys are grovelling and bowing to pedrosa's whims all the time while ignoring the fact that they have a world champ on their team! WHY?!

Anonymous said...

What's up F&F? I posted a comment in retort to your Hayden hating and you didn't have the objectivity to post it. Nice way to run a forum... with selective criticism. Are you guys affiliated with the Bush administration?

Caroline said...

it's not so simple, is it. it isn't that hayden can't ride anymore. he's a motogp world champ, please remember. i think nicky's no-show is because of Honda, who've thrown all their efforts behind pedrosa, at the cost of ignoring hayden. personally, i think hayden will rock with ducati. he may not win another world championship, but he'll do better than he's been doing with honda, that's for sure.

Anonymous said...

Mark my words, Nicky Hayden and Ducati will create history. Stoner, Pedrosa and Rossi might as well go home already. And now, I want a double cheeseburger with fries. And a slice of apple pie. And an extra-large strawberry milkshake to go with that. Ah, thanks. I feel better already...

RocketBoy_01 said...

All right, listen up. Nicky Hayden is finished. That's as in F I N I S H E D. Ducati or no Ducati, that man's going back to AMA superbike racing in a year or two.

Anonymous said...

when hayden comes back next year on that big booming ducati gp9 and kicks some european arse, he'll be the one having the last laugh ;-)

Peter said...

Hayden has been doubted since his appeared on the MotoGP scene. Everybody said he could never win a MotoGP race, WRONG!!!
Who ever thinks he is done check the Indy performance.
I don't know if he will be able to ride the Ducati fast like stoner, but one thing is clear. Nicky Hayden is one of the best riders in MotoGP.

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